Football: Friedel may leave Anfield

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The Independent Online
Brad Friedel is ready to leave Liverpool without playing a game. The United States goalkeeper met the club's manager, Roy Evans, yesterday to discuss his future.

Friedel has yet to appear for Liverpool since his pounds 1.3m move from the Major League Soccer club Columbus Crew as David James has kept a firm grip on the goalkeeper's jersey.

The United States want Friedel for the Gold Cup next month and he has to go or risk his status as first choice. However, if Friedel plays it will mean he has no chance of accumulating enough appearances for Liverpool this season to have his work permit renewed.

The only solution for Friedel is to leave Liverpool soon, sign for either Rangers or Sunderland - both of whom have been linked with him - and apply for a new work permit.