Rafa has had enough of troublesome Anfield flop.
Outspoken Liverpool midfielder Albert Riera, who described the club as a “sinking ship”, is set to join CSKA Moscow in a £6 million deal, according to reports.
The Spain international is frustrated by a lack of playing time at Anfield and is eager to move to Russia, where the transfer window remains open until April 8, to boost his hopes of playing at this summer’s World Cup.
Last week Riera launched a scathing attack on Anfield boss Rafael Benitez, who he claimed held a personal grudge against him, and was subsequently suspended by the Premier League club.
The Guardian report that Benitez is now hoping to swiftly conclude a deal with CSKA Moscow for the unsettled 27-year-old, who joined Liverpool for £8 million from Espanyol in 2008, as he attempts to rally the club in the wake of Sunday’s 2-1 loss to arch-rivals Manchester United.
The defeat at Old Trafford leaves Liverpool four points behind fourth placed Tottenham Hotspur, who have a game in hand, and in real danger of missing out on Champions League football next season. (ESPN)
Well if indeed this is true, and the story appears to be covered by a number of ‘reputable’ sources, then you have to commend Rafa for reacting swiftly on this one. Albert Riera has in my view never been good enough for Anfield and his recent comments, although no doubt accurate, should not have been made to a Spanish radio station. I strongly believe that any disharmony should be dealt with within the club rather than spouting off publicly (take note Ryan Babel).
The Spanish winger never really clicked at Liverpool. He had perhaps two or three good games in his time at the club and far too often he played woefully. The 27 year old has a habit of refusing to put teammates in and more often than not made the wrong choices in the final third. There is no doubt that on occasion he could deliver a good cross into the box and lamp a 30 yarder into the back of the net, but these are attributes he so rarely displayed that it became abundantly clear just why the former Espanyol man has never quite made it into the big time.
I am hopeful that Ryan Babel will continue to grow and perhaps will now get a steady run in the team and get the chance to prove himself. CSKA Moscow are welcome to Albert and I wish him well and perhaps in the Russian league he may well be able to make something of his career. This may all come to late for the ridiculously one footed player to make it to the World Cup this summer but perhaps in time he can fight for his international spot.