Ryan Giggs turns 37 next week but he looks as unstoppable as ever.
A NUMBer of Liverpool’s fringe players - including Daniel Pacheco, ryan Babel and Milan Jovanovic - may be allowed to leave in January as the club’s owners, New england sports Ventures, look to trim the bloated wage bill.
NesV have made it clear that they will seek to use the forthcoming transfer window to bolster roy hodgson’s resources if they believe they can identify value-formoney purchases, but they do not intend to allow what the Liverpool manager has suggested is an “overstaffed” playing squad to become any more unwieldy.
That is likely to lead to the departure of several squad players, with Pacheco, the highly-rated spanish under-21 international, increasingly likely to become the first to depart. A number of clubs in the 19 yearold’s homeland, including espanyol and Malaga, are believed to be considering offering the player the first-team football he has been denied at Anfield.
Though the sale of Pacheco would hardly offer NesV a significant saving on Liverpool’s wage bill, the potential departures of Jovanovic - signed on a free transfer in the summer but, after failing to settle, now a target for Anderlecht - and Babel would free up a substantial sum to be reinvested.
Babel, signed for £11.5mil by rafael Benitez in 2007, has not lived up to the promise of his early showings for the club. Daniel Agger’s future is also in question thanks to his failure to secure a regular place under hodgson, even before the calf injury which will rule the Dane out for another three weeks. – © The Daily Telegraph UK 2010