Christian Poulsen Completes Switch To Liverpool

Jon FeatonbyCorrespondent IAugust 12, 2010

GENOA, ITALY - MARCH 21:  Christian Poulsen of Juventus FC in action during the Serie A match between UC Sampdoria and Juventus FC at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on March 21, 2010 in Genoa, Italy.  (Photo by Massimo Cebrelli/Getty Images)
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Liverpool have confirmed the signing of midfielder Christian Poulsen from Juventus for an initial fee of £4.5 million.

This could rise to around £5.5 million if the Danish international makes a certain number of appearances for his new club. Liverpool fans will be hoping that Poulsen isn't the last singing of the transfer window, with a centre forward and left back high on the list of priorities.

With Javier Mascherano wanting a move away from Anfield, Poulsen will now compete for the defensive midfield role with Brazilian Lucas.

New reds boss Roy Hodgson looks set to move away from the 4-2-3-1 formation deployed by ex-manager Rafa Benitez, with both captain Steven Gerrard and new signing Joe Cole expected to play central roles.

Alberto Aquilani, who signed last summer in a big money move from Roma, is also competing for a place in Hodgson's new look midfield.

Poulsen is well known to Hodgson—the Dane was given his first chance at FC Copenhagen was Hodgson was in charge of the club—and brings with him a fiery reputation.

Poulsen—who has been capped 77 times by his country—has been seen being spat on by Francesco Totti, was called a coward by current Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti after allegedly kicking Kaka behind the backs of officials, and also punched Swedish striker Markus Rosenberg during an international match.

The midfielder will wear the No. 28 shirt and has signed for three years.