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OT: Pellegrino has signed!

REDS AGREE PELLEGRINO DEAL
Paul Eaton 05 January 2005
Liverpool have today agreed a deal to bring Mauricio Pellegrino to Anfield on a free transfer.
The Argentinian star completed a medical on Merseyside this afternoon and has signed until the end of the season with the option of extending his contract for a further year.

However, the player is not eligible to play for the Reds until the remaining formalities of the deal are finalised.

The deal reunites Pellegrino with Rafa Benitez, with whom he enjoyed so much success in Spain with Valencia.

With Stephane Henchoz looking likely to leave the club, the signing of 33 year old Pellegrino will ensure Sami Hyypia and Jamie Carragher have genuine competition for their places in the heart of the Reds defence.

Pellegrino joined Valencia in 1999 and played a major role in the teams which finished Champions League runners-up in 2000 and 2001.

He has won two La Liga titles as well as the UEFA Cup under Benitez last season.

"I feel very satisfied," said Pellegrino. "At my age it's a great satisfaction that this opportunity comes along. I have always wanted to play in English football."
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Win, win situation IMO if he doesn't perform he can go at end of season if he does well we can give him another contract.
 

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12 FACTS ABOUT MAURICIO PELLEGRINO
Steve Hunter 05 January 2005
Liverpoolfc.tv present 12 facts about our new Argentine defender from Valencia Mauricio Pellegrino.
Mauricio is the first Argentine to play for Liverpool.

He was born in Argentina on 5th October 1971.

He can't play in the Champions League for Liverpool after a substitute appearance for Valencia against Weder Bremen. When defender Carlos Marchena was sent-off coach Claudio Ranieri wanted more defensive stability and brought Pellegrino on in the 57th minute. Valencia lost the game 2-1.

He started his career playing in Argentina for CA Velez Sarsfield.

He played over 200 games for the club winning three Apertura titles and two Clausura titles and a number of international honours, including the Copa Libertadores and European/South American Cup in 1994.

In 1998 he moved to La Liga to play for Spanish giants Barcelona. He made 23 appearances as Barcelona won the league title under Louis van Gaal.

In 1999 Pellegrino was snapped up by Valencia and instantly began to form a impressive partnership in central defence alongside fellow Argentine Roberto Ayala.

He played in two Champions League finals for Valencia only to finish on the losing side twice to Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. Unfortunately Pellegrino missed a penalty in the final against the Germans.

In 2001/02, under the management of Rafael Benitez Pellegrino helped the Mestalla side to their first Spanish championship since 1971.

He didn't have much luck last season in 2003/04 when a dislocated shoulder and the form of Carlos Marchena kept Pellegrino on the sidelines and he made just 16 starts as Valencia won back the Spanish title.

Mauricio was a substitute in the UEFA Cup final victory over Olympique de Marseille, coming on in the 86th minute, Benitez's last match in charge of Valencia.

In Spain, the tall Pellegrino was nicknamed 'El flaco', meaning skinny. Back in Argentina he has the more imaginative sobriquet of 'El longanizas' - which is a long pork sausage.
 

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Pellegrino ties up move to Liverpool


Liverpool have completed the signing of Valencia defender Mauricio Pellegrino, the player's agent has told the Press Association.

Pellegrino: Joins former boss at Anfield. (JohnWalton/Empics)

Filippo Cavadini has revealed that the 33-year-old Argentinian has signed a six-month contract with the option of another year.


Cavadini said: 'He has passed his medical and is very happy he is going to Liverpool - a great club.

'He has already spoken to Rafael Benitez and is looking forward to playing with Liverpool.

'Mauricio will now be going to Valencia for two or three days to organise his personal situation before returning to Liverpool.'

The Argentinian, who began the season with an injury and has made just one appearance since returning to fitness, is now set to link up with former Valencia coach Benitez after the club decided to allow him to leave on a free transfer.

'I feel very satisfied,' Pellegrino told the club's official website. 'At my age it's a great satisfaction that this opportunity comes along. I have always wanted to play in English football.'

Pellegrino joined Valencia before the 1999-2000 campaign and was at the heart of the Valencia defence, alongside Roberto Ayala, in the teams which finished runners-up in the Champions League in 2000 and 2001.

He has won two Primera Liga titles, as well as the UEFA Cup last season and a Super Cup.

The signing comes on a day when the Anfield club confirmed Xabi Alonso and Chris Kirkland will be out for three months.

Midfielder Xabi Alonso will have an operation tomorrow on the broken ankle sustained against Chelsea on Saturday while goalkeeper Kirkland will undergo keyhole surgery on Friday for a back problem.

Benitez had hoped Spaniard Xabi Alonso would only be sidelined for six weeks but a specialist yesterday confirmed he needs a screw inserting in the fracture in his left ankle in an operation which will keep him out for three months.

Kirkland also faces a similar length of time in the treatment room after it was decided he needs keyhole surgery on a disc in his lower back.

The news was a bitter blow for manager Rafael Benitez who has already had to contend with a series of long-term injuries to key players this season.

Djibril Cisse, a £14million summer signing, will miss the rest of the campaign after breaking his leg in October.

Vladimir Smicer has not played this season because of a cartilage injury while Antonio Nunez suffered ligament damage on his first day's training and Steven Gerrard cracked a bone in his foot at Old Trafford in September.
 

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He wont make a big difference really in the long run, he will last 2 years, why bother eh
 

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KyleLeonard said:
He wont make a big difference really in the long run, he will last 2 years, why bother eh
Same amount of time as Gary Mac then.
 

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When he did the drag back in our own area in his first season, class, sheer class :depress: :sob: come back larry
 

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Has Pallergrino even been capped? and having double nationallity too
 

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Coco Rico said:
I'll give him 6 months. He is a grandpa!
Shows how much you know, he formed one of the tightest defences in europe with Ayala while at Valencia. He has the experience of 2 CL finals, 1 Uefa Cup final and 2 La Liga titles. Some grandpa.
 

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We got a double La Liga winner on a FREE. Its a very good deal for us. (Providing he shines of course).

Better a grandpa on a free who does well for us for 2 years then a 10 million dollar purchases (you know who) of young players who will not play well for us.

If we do not sign quality backups, we might lose out on the CL spot and that will represent an even bigger loss for us. In the state we are in (massive injuries and sub standard squad), who cares about the long run at the moment?

Yes he is a Grandpa, so is the AC Milan defence.
 

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Nah, Pellegrino ain't all that. He's a solid defender who was made look better than he actually is by the presence of Ayala. He's not bad, but is he really better than Henchoz? Plus, he's also very slow and we already have Hyypia.

I guess we just didn't have enough money to buy someone else and Pellegrino is the stop-gap solution. Could be worse.

PS. Charlton is about to sign Dawson from Nottingham Forrest for 6 million pounds. Fine young player, but the prices in English football are getting insane... :eek:
 

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AMOROSO! said:
Nah, Pellegrino ain't all that. He's a solid defender who was made look better than he actually is by the presence of Ayala. He's not bad, but is he really better than Henchoz? Plus, he's also very slow and we already have Hyypia.

I guess we just didn't have enough money to buy someone else and Pellegrino is the stop-gap solution. Could be worse.

PS. Charlton is about to sign Dawson from Nottingham Forrest for 6 million pounds. Fine young player, but the prices in English football are getting insane... :eek:
made to look better by Ayala? Excuse me, but I think all the defernders in the backline were made to look at their best by their regulars partners in the backline.

Ayala wouldn't have had the freedom to man-mark and chase forwards up to the center-circle had Pellegrino not been behind him to sort out the positioning of Carboni & Curro Torres.

He may not be a great defender, may not even last the EPL pace, but still playing top level footie at Spain up until his injury last season, while still managing close to 40 games, does not by any means he's any sort of grandpa. Esp when the defence he's been a part of is the most stingiest defense in La Liga on average for the last 3 seasons.

He may not be better than Henchoz individually, but with Rafa at the helm, he's considerably more useful & effective compared to Henchoz, while costing a lot less.

Grandpa or not grandpa, I'd like to see the look on the faces of KyleLeonard if Pelle scores against u mancs later in the season from a setpiece.
 

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karrmadamaii said:
Ayala wouldn't have had the freedom to man-mark and chase forwards up to the center-circle had Pellegrino not been behind him to sort out the positioning of Carboni & Curro Torres.
It was the other way round mate. Ayala was the general and a sort of libero in that defence, marshalling the rest. Pellegrino was the man-marker and the big body.

I'm not saying he's a bad player, when used at his best strength he's solid but without someone either fast or great in positioning next to him, he could suffer.

He's a good player, and I don't care about his age since he is here as a sort term solution, but Henchoz is not worse, and he already knows the players next to him and the PL.
 

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AMOROSO! said:
It was the other way round mate. Ayala was the general and a sort of libero in that defence, marshalling the rest. Pellegrino was the man-marker and the big body.

I'm not saying he's a bad player, when used at his best strength he's solid but without someone either fast or great in positioning next to him, he could suffer.

He's a good player, and I don't care about his age since he is here as a sort term solution, but Henchoz is not worse, and he already knows the players next to him and the PL.
excuse me, but 'd rather trust what Rafa says about Pelle than you :D nothing personal mate!
 
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