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Premier League arrivals - Oussama Assaidi

Liverpool recently added Oussama Assaidi to their roster as Brendan Rodgers continued to strengthen his squad. Assaidi follows Joe Allen and Fabio Borini in moving to Anfield as Fenway Sports Group look to re-build their team into a Champions League club.

Here is all you need to know about Liverpool's new signing…

NAME: OUSSAMA ASSAIDI

AGE: 24

POSITION: WINGER

NATIONALITY: MOROCCO

TRANSFER TO: LIVERPOOL

TRANSFER FROM: HEERENVEEN

TRANSFER FEE: £3M

Assaidi started his youth career at AZ Alkmaar but was asked to leave the academy due to bad behaviour. His professional career kick-started when he joined FC Omniworld in 2006. After two seasons with the club, Assaidi left for De Graafschap. He scored three goals in 36 games for Omniworld.

The Moroccan international only spent a year at the club, joining Heerenveen on the last day of the transfer window in August 2009. Heerenveen had announced they would make no new signings but the sparkling form of Assaidi, five goals in five games, saw the Dutch side make their move.

Assaidi made his debut against rivals FC Groningen before he netted his first goal for the club in the KNVB cup during the 7-0 rout of SDC Putten. Assaidi was benched frequently at Heerenveen before playing his first 90 minutes and scoring his first league goal against Heracles Almelo.

Assaidi was then again placed on the bench, starting just two games of the last 14. During that period, Assaidi received the first red card of his career against Roda JC after just nine minutes.

New management

Under new manager, Ron Jans, Assaidi emerged as a pivotal member of the starting eleven following a blistering start to the season. A goal and assist against former club De Graafschap along with a strike against Vitesse added to an assist versus NAC Breda. This meant that Assaidi was responsible for four goals in his first six games.

Assaidi then produced the best performances of his career in November 2010. The 24 year old first scored against Excelsior then delivered two assists against Heracles, one assist against Feyenoord coupled with two assists against Willem.

Despite carrying an ankle injury against FC Twente in December 2010, Assaidi inspired his side to a crushing 6-2 win over the champions with Assaidi scoring his first ever hat-trick. Also he added two assists and won a penalty for his side during the same game.

After such a phenomenal game, he earned a cap for the Moroccan national team where he has gone on to make 22 appearances for the Lions of the Atlas.

Liverpool

Liverpool agreed a £3m fee with Heerenveen after fighting of interest from Spartak Moscow and Fulham to secure a deal. The lure of the Kop seemed too much for Assaidi to resist as he became Rodgers’ third summer signing.

The pacy winger becomes only Liverpool’s second Moroccan player after Nabil El Zhar and arrives at Anfield with a reputation of being a volatile character that could disrupt the Liverpool dressing room.

He will reportedly earn three times his £7,000 wage packet in Holland and the Northern Irish manager will hope he can adapt to life in England and fill the big shoes left by Anfield legend Dirk Kuyt.

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