Rodgers convinced Assaidi to join Liverpool

The 24-year-old Morocco international midfielder believes that he fits in well with the style of play that the club wish to implement over the course of the coming campaign
Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi has stated that Brendan Rodgers convinced him to make the switch to Anfield.

The 24-year-old becomes Rodgers third signing of the summer after Fabio Borini and Joe Allen and he believes that the footballing ethos that the 39-year-old boss is trying to oversee suits him down to the ground.

"I am delighted to have signed for this big club," Assaidi told the club's official website.

"I spoke with the managing director, Ian [Ayre], first when he came to Holland. After we spoke, I had a good feeling.

"Then I spoke with the coach [Brendan Rodgers] and when I did, he gave me a good feeling. How he wants to play is the way I like to - I want to play football.

"That's what we did in Holland and that's why I had a good feeling about coming to play for this big club. The fans here are great - they make a brilliant atmosphere in the stadium. This is a great club and you can't say 'no' to it.

"Before I spoke with him [Rodgers], I wanted to stay in Holland - but after talking to him, I made the choice of Liverpool."

"I am very happy to work with him. How we think about football is good. In Holland, I played 4-3-3, and he wants to also play like that [here].

"He likes to play with wingers, and I can also play as a No.10. I am very happy to work with him and I hope he can help me to become a good player for Liverpool."

The winger also revealed that he turned down a number of offers from other propsective suitors in order to make the switch to Merseyside.

He added: "I had offers from Galatasaray, Spartak Moscow and Ajax - but as I said before, I had a good feeling after speaking with the coach.

"When Liverpool come to you and say they want you, you never say no to this big club. I am very happy to be here. I signed today for one of the biggest clubs in the world."