Liverpool have completed the transfer of Charlie Adam from Blackpool after the midfielder signed a long-term contract.

The Scotland international underwent a medical at the club's Melwood training ground yesterday after the two clubs agreed a deal to end the Reds' six-month pursuit of the 25-year-old.

Just over 24 hours after that medical was completed the deal was eventually finalised with Liverpool confirming the move in a brief statement on their website, accompanied by a picture of Adam signing his contract alongside director of football Damien Comolli.

'I am absolutely delighted to be here,' Adam told Liverpoolfc.tv.

'It has been a long process but now I can't wait to get started and hopefully this will be a successful period in my career and in the club's history.

'Liverpool is a massive club with terrific players and a terrific manager. I see this as the perfect development for me to come here, play with such wonderful players and hopefully help the team to win trophies, because that's the most important thing.

'I'm delighted to be able to walk out on the same pitch as some of the players here.

'There are good players at the club, top, top players who I want to learn from. I want to become a better player and hopefully bring something to the team.

'Hopefully we can have a successful period because it's been missing now for a couple of years.

'At the end of the day you get judged on trophies and as a footballer you want to win as many as you can.

'This club has had a lot of success over the years, so let's get back to doing that.'

It has also been revealed that midfielder Liverpool Alberto Aquilani wanted to remain in Italy next season but received no suitable offers, according to his agent.

Aquilani spent last season on loan at Juventus but was not offered a permanent stay despite making 33 Serie A appearances for the Turin giants.

The 26-year-old was linked with a move to AC Milan and Napoli this summer but confirmed earlier this month he will play for the Reds outfit next season.

'Alberto's thoughts were to stay in Italy, but this was not possible,' Aquilani's agent Franco Zavaglia said to Radio Sportiva.

'He had a positive season (at Juventus). I don't know if in this market there will be the possibility for him to return to Italy and it's a shame that our players are forced to go and play away from Italy.'

However, he added: 'Liverpool are an important club and they have overcome the problems they had a year ago with the previous owners so they can win the Premier League.'

Liverpool signed Aquilani for a reported fee of £20million from Roma in 2009 and he is under contract with the Reds until June 2014.

The club has also announced that defender John Flanagan has signed a new long-term contract at Anfield.

Flanagan, 18, made seven appearances at the end of the 2010-11 season after being given a chance by manager Kenny Dalglish.

And Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli is confident the full-back will justify the faith shown in him.

Comolli told www.liverpoolfc.tv: 'The first thing everyone will say is he deserves it because he did so well for us towards the end of last season.

'Flanno had a long time left on his current deal but we felt it was the right thing to do, to reward him for what he's done.

'His attitude is absolutely terrific. As you see him on the pitch - committed, dedicated, the intensity of his game - is what he's like off the pitch. He's very professional, he knows how to look after himself and who to listen to, and I think that's why he's improved so quickly.

'He's only 18 years old and he's still got so much room for improvement in every area of his game - but he's already very good going forward, technically he's very sound. I'm sure in two years' time we'll talk about him having made even bigger progress.

'We're really looking forward to his development and seeing how he's going to do.'