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Poulsen: I'll convince Anfield doubters

New Liverpool midfielder Christian Poulsen believes he has plenty to prove after his move from Juventus despite being a vastly experienced international.

The 30-year-old has won 77 caps for Denmark and has been a mainstay in Europe's top leagues for the last eight years, having featured for Schalke in the Bundesliga, Sevilla in La Liga before moving on to Italy's Serie A with his former employers.

He has even played under Reds boss Roy Hodgson before, when the Englishman signed him prior to FC Copenhagen's title-winning season of 2000/1.

However, that does not mean the combative midfielder will rest on his laurels -- especially as some fans will need convincing he can plug the gap expected to be left by Argentina captain Javier Mascherano.

"With this move here I have a lot to prove," said the veteran of two World Cups. "If you come to a club like Liverpool, you have to deliver. I will hopefully show I can be a good player for Liverpool."

Poulsen is eager to rekindle his good working relationship with Hodgson, having previously enjoyed success under the Englishman -- albeit it in the lower-profile Danish Superliga.

"I had two good years with him so I hope to carry that on," he said.

Poulsen trained with his new team-mates soon after completing his move but Sunday's Premier League opener at home to Arsenal may come too soon for him.

Hodgson is hoping to bolster his squad further but claims a fee had been agreed for Middlesbrough goalkeeper Brad Jones, for whom Liverpool had a £2m bid turned down last week, have been dismissed by the Teessiders.

Arsenal will start the new season with the same old injury problems as Arsene Wenger faces up to a selection headache ahead of the clash at Anfield.

Wenger will leave it as late as possible to decide whether World Cup final duo Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie are fit enough to feature.

The Gunners are already without centre-half Johan Djourou (hamstring) and striker Nicklas Bendtner (groin). Midfielder Alex Song (calf) is doubtful while Denilson (abdominal) and Abou Diaby (calf) face fitness tests.

Wenger's men failed to stay the distance in the last campaign, but defender Thomas Vermaelen insists the Gunners are wiser for the experience.

"We are one year older now, more experienced," he said.

Meanwhile, it remains to be seen who will be Wenger's number one, with Lukasz Fabianski looking to oust Manuel Almunia.


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