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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

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