This Anfield man considered leaving the club but now looks set to stay.
Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun agreed personal terms with Spartak Moscow in the January transfer window – before being talked into staying at Liverpool by Rafa Benitez.
The 28-year-old Israel international was on the brink of moving to Russia when he changed his mind after he was promised more first team football at Anfield.
‘Benayoun was our prime target in the winter transfer window,’ revealed Spartak general director Valery Karpin yesterday.
‘We needed a creative attacking midfielder of his calibre in our squad. He was ready to come and play for Spartak but in the end Benitez did not let him leave Liverpool.’
After the deal fell through, Spartak manager Michael Laudrup turned to Brazil international Alex Meschini, who was bought from Porto Alegre-based club Internacional for £4.35million. (Daily Mail)
Yossi has greatly improved in recent months and is a player that Rafa can rely on to fill in and put in a shift for the team. The Israeli can always be counted on to put in a determined display but the season started with the midfielder floating in and out of games but since the turn of the year he has come into his own and his knack of scoring crucial goals is an asset that the club couldn’t afford to lose. Do Liverpool fans feel that Benayoun should be starting more games?