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Liverpool Flop Albert Riera Still Has Time to Secure £6m Russian Move

Anfield boss makes it clear that the Spanish wideman has no future at Anfield.

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Rafa Benitez has moved to speed up the potential departure of Albert Riera from Anfield. The Spanish international upset the Liverpool boss with comments made in a radio interview and a move to Russia, where the transfer window is still wide open, seems a likely one.

“We still have some time until the end of the Russian transfer window so we will see what happens,” Benitez told the press.

“I didn’t see his [Riera’s] latest comments, but for me [to talk] on the day before a massive game – this way was disappointing.

“It was especially so when he was saying things that weren’t true, so I was really surprised. I was really disappointed with his timing and the comments themselves.” (Various)

The Anfield boss has until April 8th to secure a deal that sees the former Espanyol man leave for Russia and such is the perceived urgency of the move that Benitez is set to accept anything from a £6m fee to allowing the winger to leave on loan with a view to a permanent deal being secured at a later date.

With Ryan Babel returning to form, albeit up until his crazy sending off midweek, there is less of a need to keep Riera at the club where he could well be a disturbing influence on a side looking to secure a Champions League spot.

The 27 year old has stated since his outburst that he wishes to stay at the club but such comments may be too little to late and a move to Russia, where the likes of Spartak and Lokomotiv Moscow are said to be interested, may be the best deal all round.

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