Friday July 15 2011
Official: Doni joins Liverpool

Roma have ended one of the transfer sagas of the summer by completing Alexander Doni's sale to Liverpool.

The goalkeeper had initially rejected personal terms offered by the Anfield side, but finally agreed to the switch.

“Liverpool today confirmed they have completed the signing of Alexander Doni from AS Roma,” read a statement on their official website.

“The goalkeeper has put pen to paper on a contract with the Reds after agreeing personal terms and passing a medical.”

The 31-year-old Brazilian had become a financial liability at Roma due to his wages, while he had been dropped to second choice goalkeeper under Claudio Ranieri.

“We are delighted to sign Doni,” said Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli.

“It's a position we felt we had to strengthen because it will allow our young goalkeepers to go on loan and get some experience at some point during the season, which is crucial in their development.

“We are getting a very experienced goalkeeper who is used to handling the pressure of big games and international matches with Brazil. He had a very good end of last season with Roma, so we are very pleased.

“When you come here and know you will be a number two behind Pepe Reina, what's important for us is the attitude and mentality off the pitch and in the changing room.

“He's got to be supportive of the number one but also be aggressive enough to push the number one on a daily basis, and I think Doni represents all that.

“When we approached him the first time, obviously he wanted to be a number one somewhere, but he said Liverpool Football Club is such a big club that if he wanted to come as a number two then he would come.

“He is suited to English football. He is big and good in the air and his distribution is quick as well. When you play for Roma for years and years, the pressure at that club in that city is tremendous, so the fact he can handle that shows he can take anything.”