Liverpool invest in future with young trio

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Liverpool are expected to complete the signing of three highly rated youngsters within the next week despite criticism from their manager, Rafael Benitez, that the Anfield board has been hesitant and miserly in the transfer market.

Benitez tried to shift blame for the Carling Cup defeat by Arsenal on to the Anfield hierarchy, ignoring the fact that he has spent more than Arsène Wenger during his two and a half years in the Premiership.

Now it has been announced that the club have signed the Argentine defender Emiliano Insua on an 18-month loan from Boca Juniors, with his compatriot Sebastian Leto and the Swedish striker Astrit Ajdarevic due to sign permanent deals next week.

Liverpool moved for 20-year-old Leto late last year when his current club, Club Atletico Lanus, broke off negotiations with River Plate over the winger's transfer fee. Lanus have accepted a £1.85m offer from Liverpool for Leto, who will remain in South America on loan until June before moving permanently in the summer. Also arriving are the Boca Juniors left-back Insua until June 2008 - and Ajdarevic, a 16-year-old with Swedish second division side Falkenberg.

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