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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

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