Liverpool have officially confirmed the signing of Fulham defender Paul Konchesky from Craven Cottage in a four-year deal after the player passed a medical exam and agreed to personal terms. The deal was finalised after Liverpool agreed to Fulham's asking price of £4million along with youth players Lauri Dalla Valle and Alex Kacaniklic.
The English left-back might be the last of a series of new signings made by new manager Roy Hodgson as Liverpool looks to strengthen their squad ahead of the new season. Earlier, Christian Poulsen, Raul Meireles, and Joe Cole have been brought to Anfield as the club looks for owners before the October deadline arrives.
Roy Hodgson was interested in signing the 29-year-old right-back from his former club and with the sale of Javier Mascherano to Barca he used the transfer funds to bolster his frail defense.
The signing could turn out as a good bargain for the financially estranged Merseysiders. Konchesky has developed from an error-prone player to becoming one of the more impressive left-backs in the Premier League.
Moreover, his signing will also help Hodgson maintain the home-grown players quota, without compromising top players, which has come into effect from the new season.
With Emiliano Insua looking to make a loan move to Galatasaray, the left-back slot would be a problem for the Reds. But Konchesky's arrival could well be the solution to that worry. He has a good pace and combined with his powerful runs down the field during counter-attacks, the former Charlton player could turn out to be useful for the Anfield outfit.
Though he is sometimes caught in wrong positions and seemingly makes tough tackles earning him bookings, he can still be an ideal candidate to fill up the place left void by Aurelio's absence due to injury and Insua's imminent loan move.
Newly signed Danny Wilson also has ample promise but needs time to blend into the team and Konchesky could be the ideal player to fill that role. Though it remains to be seen whether he fulfills Hodgson's faith in him and helps bring the stability to Liverpool's nervy defense.