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Liverpool unveil promising Carson

Published: Friday 21 January 2005, 13.31CET
Goalkeeper Scott Carson said he was "overwhelmed" to have joined Liverpool FC from Leeds United AFC. features

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Published: Friday 21 January 2005, 13.31CET

Liverpool unveil promising Carson

Goalkeeper Scott Carson said he was "overwhelmed" to have joined Liverpool FC from Leeds United AFC.
England Under-21 goalkeeper Scott Carson said he was "overwhelmed" by Liverpool FC's interest after stepping up a division to join the Premiership side.

Kirkland out
The 19-year-old has signed a four-and-a-half year deal at Anfield for an undisclosed fee having played just three league games for Leeds, who have taken Liverpool reserve goalkeeper Paul Harrison on loan with a view to a permanent transfer. Reds manager Rafael Benítez was keen to increase his goalkeeping options with Chris Kirkland ruled out for three months and Jerzy Dudek coming in for recent criticism.

"It's a relief that everything has been completed," said Carson on Liverpool's official website. "I'm delighted to be here and can't wait to get started. Hopefully I can settle in quickly, impress the manager and become an important member of the squad. When Liverpool showed an interest in me I was overwhelmed." If registered, Carson will be eligible for the UEFA Champions League knockout tie against Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

Welsh deal
There was more good news for the Merseyside club on Friday, as promising midfield player John Welsh has agreed a new contract. The 21-year-old midfield player, who is captain of the club's reserves, has signed a deal that will keep him at Anfield until summer 2007.

Last updated: 21/01/05 19.15CET

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