Dossena set to stay on Merseyside

Liverpool defender Andrea Dossena has revealed he wants to stay at Anfield this season and fight for his place in Rafael Benitez's side.

The Italian arrived from Udinese for £7 million last summer, but found himself a victim of Benitez's rotation policy, making just 16 league appearances, scoring once in the 4-1 demolition of Manchester United at Old Trafford.

As a result, the 27-year old appeared set for a swift exit from Merseyside, with Napoli strongly linked with returning the stopper to Serie A.

However, talks between both clubs eventually broke down. And the Italian international, who has featured 10 times for his country, says he now wants to stay and regain his place in the Reds' starting XI.

"I've heard a lot of rumours about my future this summer, but the truth is I want to remain at Liverpool," he told the Liverpool Echo.

"I'm happy with my team-mates, with my coach and with the club. I have never wanted to leave."

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