Cissokho passed a medical before penning a deal that will see the left-back spend the season on loan from Spanish side Valencia
Aly Cissokho finally signed in at Liverpool FC today – and immediately set his sights on bringing Champions League nights back to Anfield.
Cissokho passed a medical before penning a deal that will see the left-back spend the season on loan from Spanish side Valencia, subject to the completion of paperwork. The 25-year-old, who has won one cap for France, will provide serious competition for Jose Enrique in defence.
Cissokho was part of the Lyon side that won 2-1 at Liverpool in a Champions League group game in October 2009. And having revelled in the experience of a European night at Anfield, he is determined to help Brendan Rodgers’ side return to the top table of Continental combat.
“I was fortunate enough to play at Anfield and it was a really special occasion for me,” said Cissokho.
“I have some great memories of that night. “Although we knew it was going to be tough, we managed to win, and so that made it an even bigger occasion for us, as did the special atmosphere of the crowd – so typical of England and especially Liverpool.
“The Champions League is a competition that you dream of taking part in and I think that a club like Liverpool richly deserves to be involved in it because of the quality of its players and the atmosphere and quality of its stadium.
“Champions League nights at Liverpool are the kind of games that are really special for the players in any away team coming to Anfield, and that’s why Liverpool very much deserve to be a part of that competition.”
Cissokho – who will wear the number 20 shirt – becomes Rodgers’ fifth signing of the summer, following the captures of Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto, Simon Mignolet and Kolo Toure.
However, it appears Liverpool have missed out on adding Willian to their squad with the Brazilian left winger poised to join Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
The Anfield outfit held talks with Anzhi Makhachkala over the 25-year-old’s transfer and were confident a deal could be reached.
But Tottenham, who tried to sign the player from Shakhtar Donestk in January, subsequently made their move and had a £30m bid accepted by the Russian outfit, with Willian arriving in London today to undergo a medical.
Although the transfer has not yet been completed, it is almost certain the left winger will join Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Diego Costa in a growing list of missed attacking targets for Rodgers. Cissokho, though, has expressed his delight at moving to Anfield.
“I’ve always dreamt of one day signing for a really legendary club,” said the defender, also formerly of Porto. “I’ve been lucky enough to play for a few top sides and so to now get the chance to play for a club like Liverpool, it’s just fantastic.
“I’ve always said, along with a lot of other French players, that I really love the English league and I’ve always wanted to play in England.
“I hope to feature in as many games as possible, I know it’s going to be quite tough and I need to get to work as soon as possible as pre-season is over and we are into the league programme.”