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Liverpool have confirmed the signing of left-back Aly Cissokho from Valencia on a season-long loan, subject to paperwork.
Cissokho, 25, has become Reds manager Brendan Rodgers’ fifth summer signing after passing a medical on Tuesday.
Rodgers has been chasing a left-back all summer to provide competition for Jose Enrique. The club backed away from a move to sign Benfica’s Lorenzo Melgarejo on loan, while they were unable to agree a deal with Granada for Guilherme Siqueira, who is set to join Real Madrid.
Cissokho told Liverpool’s website: “I’m very happy to be here. I think we have a great team and great fans and together we can achieve big things.
“It’s going to be a great experience to be able to rub shoulders with the club's top-quality players. I have experience in the game, but coming here there will still be lots of things to learn and discover as I work with everyone every day.
“I can learn from my new manager, get to know the new style of play here, familiarise myself with different opposition teams and learn the language. It’s going to be a great experience for me, and of course playing for the club for the first time is something I'm excited about.”
France international Cissokho, who was strongly linked with Sunderland earlier this summer, joined Valencia from Lyon in August 2012 having previously played in Portugal for Vitoria Setubal and Porto.