Date: 6th July 2009 at 7:47pm
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It looks like most of the signings so far this summer at Liverpool have been for new deals for current players instead of new signings. I am not complaining about that at all as it is important that we keep our key players who have served us well over the past few seasons. Today Yossi Benayoun follows Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres, Daniel Agger and Dirk Kuyt in committing his long-term future to the club. The 29-year-old Israeli international put pen to paper on a two-year extension to his current deal this afternoon and he will remain at Anfield until 2013.

I am a big fan of Yossi now. It took me a while to get to like him as his early performances in a red shirt were not that great but last season he stepped up his game big time and chipped in with nine goals. The two most memorable were the one against Real Madrid in Madrid and then his winner against Fulham at Craven Cottage in the last minute.

What I like about Yossi is how clever he is, when he runs between the lines and the defenders can not pick him up. He can not only spot a great pass but he can also finish. He gives us a great option when he comes off the bench or starts the game. For me he is rather similar to Spain’s David Silva and thus I would not be too upset if Silva does not join us this summer as we have Yossi.