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Andrea Dossena joins Napoli to end Anfield frustration

Liverpool left-back Andrea Dossena has ended his unfruitful spell at Anfield by joining Serie A side Napoli in a deal worth a reported £4.25 million.

Dossena, 28, joined Liverpool from Udinese for £7 million in the summer of 2008 but started only 13 Premier League games in 18 months at the club as Rafael Benitez showed a preference for young Argentinean Emiliano Insua.

The highlight of his Liverpool career was a four-day spell in March 2009 during which Dossena scored in a 4-0 win over Real Madrid in the Champions League and then lobbed Edwin van der Sar as the Reds secured a stunning 4-1 win at Manchester United in the Premier League.

But having failed to secure regular first-team football, and starting just one Premier League game in the current campaign, Dossena has returned to Italy to join Napoli on a deal that runs until 2014.

"I am happy to be able to wear the Napoli shirt,'' Dossena told his new club's official website. "I have chosen a place of great prestige with big plans. I can't wait for the time to play at the San Paolo in front of an extraordinary public."

Liverpool are believed to be close to securing the signing of Atletico Madrid midfielder Maxi Rodriguez while Birmingham have failed with an offer for Reds forward Ryan Babel.


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