Ryan Babel looks likely to head a group of players heading towards Anfield’s exit door in January, the Daily Telegraph reports. New England Sports Ventures intend to use the January transfer window to rectify Liverpool’s exorbitant wage bill, meaning several high-earning peripheral players look to be on their way out.
Babel has struggled for first-team football under both Rafa Benitez and Roy Hodgson, enduring three difficult years since signing for the club in 2007. This was compounded by the winger’s admissions on his twitter site that, “I wasn’t allowed to train under our former manager, even when I wasn’t involved.” Milan Jovanovic, attracting interest from Anderlecht, and Daniel Pacheco are others who are likely to leave.
Hodgson unconvinced with Pacheco.
During this summer’s UEFA Under-19 European Championships, Spain – like their elder counterparts in South Africa, caught the eye. The teenager pulling the strings during the summer was Daniel Pacheco. He hoped to use those performances to convince Roy Hodgson that he was ready to make the step up at Anfield. Having not been involved with the first-team since the catastrophic League Cup defeat to Northampton, Hodgson remains unconvinced of his talents.
“He’s had moments when he’s looked good, others when not quite so,”Hodgson told Skysports.com, putting the Barcelona-produced youngster’s Liverpool future in doubt. “Who knows, he may burst back onto the scene, but it is very difficult to do that in a reserve game.”
Agger injury latest.
Liverpool’s defence has had to cope without Daniel Agger since September’s 2-2 draw with Sunderland. The stylish centre-back suffered what initially seemed to be an innocuous kick on the calf whilst playing for Denmark in October, causing a calcified blood clot which has taken longer than anticipated to heal, skysports.com reports.
Liverpool’s head of sports science Dr Peter Brukner said: “Daniel has probably got another three weeks before he is back playing.” All he can do is be patient. “Only time heals this sort of injury, so we just have to be patient with Daniel. But he’ll definitely be back before Christmas.”