Liverpool finalise Riera transfer

Liverpool have signed Spain winger Albert Riera from Spanish La Liga side Espanyol for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League heavyweights have announced.

The 26-year-old has signed a four-year contract at Anfield after rejecting approaches from a number of other clubs, including neighbours Everton.

Riera, who has made five appearances for his country, has already had a taste of the English top flight having played for Manchester City on loan in the 2005/06 season.

"Riera has the qualities we were looking for," said Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez. "He's a left footer who normally plays on the left wing, he's good in the air, strong, powerful and a good crosser of the ball."