Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Yossi Benayoun hints at Liverpool departure

YOSSI Benayoun has revealed his frustrations at being a bit-part player at high flying Liverpool.

The Israeli international admits he is finding it difficult to accept his role as a squad player and even hinted he could seek a move away from Anfield in January.

Benayoun was the subject of interest from several European clubs during the summer, but no move transpired and he vowed to fight for his place in Rafa Benitez’s side.

But in an interview with an Israeli TV station, the 28-year-old has laid bare his frustrations at being unable to win a starting role.

“If the situation remains the same over the next few months, and I’m not getting more time in the middle, I will not want to continue as a Liverpool player,” he said.

“The fact that I have spent so much time on the bench, while there has been a winning formula on the pitch, tells you everything. I hope it changes for me, because I want to stay, but it won’t be easy.

“I know I’m at one of the biggest clubs in the world, and that there are many good players like Ryan Babel and Jermaine Pennant who sometimes aren’t even in the squad, but it’s not much fun sitting on the bench.

“I always wanted to prove myself good enough for Liverpool, and I thought I did well last season.

“But there seems to be more competition. If I continue on the sidelines, I would not want to stay.“

Benayoun’s comments are unlikely to impress his manager who places great store in the value of players who will fight for their places. Spartak Moscow, Manchester City and Ajax are queueing up to offer him.

*from liverpoolecho.co.uk

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