Aurelio keen on Alves arrival
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Fabio Aurelio says Daniel Alves would be a 'great addition' to the Liverpool squad.
Liverpool new-boy Fabio Aurelio says Daniel Alves would be a 'great addition' to the squad, if The Reds can broker a deal for the Sevilla full back.
The Brazilian has been targeted by Rafa Benitez as the Anfield chief looks to reinforce his right side, but the two clubs are currently failing to come to a compromise over a transfer fee.
However Aurelio, himself a new signing after arriving from Valencia, believes it is imperative that Liverpool land his compatriot from the Uefa Cup winners.
Speaking at a press conference where he was unveiled as a Liverpool player along with fellow new signing Gabriel Paletta, the 26-year-old spoke glowingly of Alves and the impact he could have for the FA Cup winners.
"I've seen Daniel play in Spain and he's a fast, attack-minded full back and he would be a great addition to the Liverpool squad," said Aurelio in The Guardian.
"It would be a huge positive for Liverpool if he were to come here too."
Aurelio links up again with Benitez after reportedly rejecting the overtures of clubs such as Real Madrid and Barcelona, and the Samba star has immediately set out his intention to claim a Premiership winner's medal.
"I've spent six years in Spain and I'm not coming directly from South America into a European league, and that should stand me in good stead for life in The Premiership, and allow me to be successful," Aurelio added.
"The main objective is to win The Premiership. Liverpool have won the European Cup and the FA Cup in recent seasons, but the league championship has to be our main ambition.
"It's probably going to be the most difficult trophy to win, too, but if you look at our squad, we're all working hard towards achieving it.
"I won the league with Valencia and previously with Sao Paulo. Now I'm desperate to add the Premiership title."
Paletta, who arrived from Argentinian outfit Banfield, is also keen to make an impression in England despite having to fight with Jamie Carragher and Sami Hyypia for a first team place.
"This is a big challenge for me and I know I have made a big decision to move so far away from home at such a young age," said Paletta.
"But it was an opportunity I couldn't turn down because this is a great club with a great manager.
"I'm really excited about my future with Liverpool. I watched The Premiership on TV when I was in Argentina and I know what a great opportunity this is for me.
"I know all about the club's history but the important thing now is the future and I'm delighted to be a part of it.
"I consider myself to be a player for the future because I know I have a lot to learn, but at the same time I also want to challenge for a first team place as soon as possible to show the fans what I can do."