It looks like Liverpool FC manager, Rafa Benitez, will be limited to adding just two new players in the January transfer window. Even though Rafa is close to offloading under-performers Andrea Dossena (£4.4m to Napoli) and Andriy Voronin (£1.5-2m to Dinamo Moscow), any additional funds their sales generate won’t be used to buy new players but instead help reduce the clubs debt. Surprisingly this was not requested by the American owners but due to club executives belief that players are overpriced this time of year. The money will be saved for the summer transfer window instead. As a result of only being able to bring in a maximum of two players, Ryan Babel is seemingly no longer for sale as Rafa feels he needs him to maintain depth in the squad.
Benitez was quoted as saying “We are looking in the market but it’s not easy to find good players available because the majority of them are playing in top sides. But we are trying to find solutions if we can. We have some good players who people are interested in because they’re not playing too many games for us, but we have to manage carefully.” (more…)