ances after six months battling an ankle injury and Benitez has indicated that he is most likely to be on the bench again. – Sapa-AFP LIVERPOOL appear to be ready to release as many as four players in January, with Ryan Babel, Andrea Dossena and Andrei Voronin among those who may leave as part of the club’s attempts to lower the wage bill.
With the club’s Champions League future hanging by a thread, Rafael Benitez appears resigned to players leaving, with money tight and the prospect of the club losing another £10m by failing to progress to the Champions League group stage now a real one.
Babel indicated in pre-season that he needed first-team football to force his way into Holland’s World Cup plans and suggested he would contemplate a loan move to Ajax, the club which found and developed him.
He has started only two Premier League games this season.
“To be a supersub is mentally hard,” Babel said this week. “It is clear I have enough qualities to be in the starting XI of Liverpool.”
Andrei Voronin, a player Benitez only kept in the summer because he knew the money raised would not be reinvested into his transfer kitty, is also dispensable.
Though Hertha Berlin, for whom he flourished on-loan last season, could not afford him this summer, most Bundesliga clubs would probably relish his proven ability at German league level.
A loan move to Italy appears to be most likely for Dossena while Degen’s defensive qualities have not matched his ambition as a right wing back.
The manager’s options may be limited, if he sees youth players coming in to replace those who might leave. Lauri Dalla Valle – the Finnish player who was integral to Liverpool’s run to the FA Youth Cup final – and Nathan Ecclestone are both understood to feel they may be ready to move on to further their careers. – Belfast Telegraph