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- LIVERPOOL NUMBER 22
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- Emiliano Adrian Insua Zapata (born 7 January 1989) is an Argentine footballer who plays as a left-back . He is currently playing for English Premier League club Liverpool.
Insua began his football career with youth team Pinocho in Argentina, later moving to, Buenos Aires-based team, Boca Juniors. The left-back did not break into the first-team at La Bombonera but nevertheless caught the attention of Liverpool. The defender agreed to an 18 month loan deal with the Merseyside club on 28 November 2006, beginning his loan period in January. Insua soon got a chance to impress, making his first-team debut against Portsmouth on 28 April 2007. However, he only made one more league appearance that season.
The player succeeded on the Under-20's international scene, playing 3 games to finish with the runner-up medal at the South American U-20 Championship, which served as a qualifier for the World U-20 World Cup where he played seven games and aiding the Argentina Under-20 team to victory against the Czech Republic in the FIFA U-20 World Cup final on 22 July 2007.
His loan deal was made permanent in August 2007 in the deal which saw Gabriel Paletta moved to Boca Juniors. The following season Insua made only three more first-team league appearances but found success with Gary Ablett's Premier Reserve League winning team; along with other Liverpool FC youngsters. His performances impressed manager Rafael Benítez enough to offer him a new deal at the club. Insua signed a three year contract on 2 July 2008. Insua was given the number 22 shirt for the start of the 2008-2009 campaign. In December 2008 Insua got a run of games in the Liverpool team, due to an injury to Fabio Aurelio and also due to the disappointing form of Andrea Dossena. His biggest opportunity came on December 21, 2008 against Arsenal F.C. Insua greatly impressed during his spell of games, leaving many fans believing that he is almost Liverpool's first choice left back.
On 5 January 2009, Liverpool announced that Emiliano would be participating in the 2009 South American Youth Championship in Venezuela, meaning he would miss crucial Premier League matches, including the clash with title rivals Chelsea FC. However, Argentina finished bottom of the final group stage, meaning that they failed to qualify for the U-20 World Cup and would be unable to defend their title. Upon his returned to Liverpool, and after a brief spell in the reserves, Insua became increasingly part of the Liverpool first team squad.
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EMILIANO INSUA has called on Liverpool to finish the season on a high – to set themselves up for a renewed assault on the Premier League title in the next campaign.
Though everyone at Anfield remains hugely disappointed at being unable to overhaul Manchester United in the race for the title, Insua insists no-one is feeling sorry for themselves and believes there is a steely resolve to go one better next time around.
The Argentinian left back is now looking to sign off in style with a home win against Tottenham on Sunday in the knowledge that another victory would stretch their unbeaten league run to an eleventh game.
“Everybody wants to win the title but it wasn’t to be for us this year because Man United have won it and this is football,” said Insua.
“This means that we have to look at ways that we can improve and hopefully next season will be even better than this one.
“We cannot be feeling sorry for ourselves because we still have one more game to go and if we win it we will have 86 points, which will be a record for us in the Premier League.
“The fans will also be wanting us to win and we have to try to do that.”
He added: “If we can win against Tottenham then it will be a good way to end this season and it will also keep our run going which is important for next season.
“We have pushed United very hard but in the end it just wasn’t enough.”
Meanwhile, Fernando Torres has admitted that the 21 points Liverpool dropped at home cost them the title and conceded that the injuries which meant he and Steven Gerrard were only able to play together on 14 occasions were also a contributory factor.
“In January we let points slip against Everton at Anfield and also against Wigan,” said the striker.
He added: “Those points are lost for ever, as are the points from the games we drew at home against Stoke City, Fulham, Manchester City or Arsenal.”
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