Liverpool Agree to Sell £6m Pair Who Are Just Not Good Enough

Rafa ready to accept much needed cash for pair of failures.

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Sports - September 25, 2007

Andrea Dossena’s agent claims a deal to take the Liverpool defender to Napoli is all but done.
The Italy defender has long been linked with a return to his homeland, with Napoli narrowly missing out in the summer. Reports suggest a five million euro (almost £4.5million) fee has been agreed between the two clubs and Dossena’s agent Roberto La Florio is confident his client will pen a four-and- a-half-year deal on Wednesday.
“The player will arrive on a permanent basis with a contract for four-and-a-half years,” he told Tuttomercatoweb on Tuesday.
He added: “I believe the player will arrive in Napoli tomorrow.
“At the moment there are logistical problems, that is to say he can’t leave Liverpool because of the snow.”
Dossena has been strongly linked with a move away from Anfield in the winter transfer window, having failed to live up to his £7million price tag since moving to Liverpool from Udinese in 2008. (Press Association)

Andriy Voronin’s agent has confirmed the Liverpool misfit is weighing up a move to Russia.

The Ukraine international does not figure in Rafa Benitez’s plans and the Reds boss is ready to offload him to raise funds for his own signings in this month’s transfer window.

Voronin was farmed out on loan to Hertha Berlin last season and although he impressed in Germany he has failed to nail down a place in the Liverpool side.

Dinamo Moscow are understood to be the Russian side chasing Voronin and the player’s agent, Andriy Golovach, has confirmed the striker is poised to leave Anfield.

“He has received a concrete offer from a Russian top-flight outfit as he is having the final say,” Golovach told Ukrainian newspaper Gaseta.

“In terms of his Liverpool deal it is about a cancellation right now, not about a new loan transfer.” (Sky Sports)

I don’t think any Liverpool fan will lose sleep over an Anfield exit of either of these two but they are contrasting characters who are simply not good enough for a Liverpool side trying to challenge for major honours.

When Andrea Dossena first arrived we were led to believe he was one of the best full backs in Serie A but when he first took to the field he seemed positionally inept and quite frankly not that great at defending or stopping his man. Going forward he showed signs of ability and on occasion he could be seen to swing some delightful crosses the problem however was that for every decent cross into the box there have been far too many that simply didn’t beat the first man or just went out of play.

However the Italian did at least look like he was trying and gave his all and tried to mask his flaws with determination which is more than can be said for the second player discussed by these sources, Andrei Voronin.

When you think that we waited for a great deal of time for the Ukrainian to run out his contract in Germany it does seem laughable now that we were even bothering to bring him to Liverpool. Voronin has some skill and in his first few games he looked the part but it was all very deceiving as it became abundantly clear that Rafa should never have bothered signing him up.

He then went out on loan and did a wonderful job at Hertha Berlin and it seemed like we may be able to convince the Bundesliga side to pay decent cash for the 29 year old, but it didn’t happen so he came back to Anfield and proceeded to be given a number of chances to impress and he blew every single one of them. When you add into the mix some of his thoughts about the city of Liverpool and the attitude he appears to exude on the pitch, one of misplaced arrogance, it really is time we just took any offer on the table and it appears that Dinamo Moscow will take him off our hands.


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