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Pacheco faces Anfield exit after missed opportunity

Liverpool are ready to reduce their wage bill in January with Daniel Pacheco, the 19-year-old Spaniard considered one of the Barcelona academy's rising stars when he signed three years ago, among those manager Roy Hodgson may be prepared to lose.

Hodgson warns rivals that Reina is not for sale

Roy Hodgson, the Liverpool manager, has warned Manchester United that the goalkeeper Jose Reina is not for sale. The Spain international was linked with their arch-rivals earlier this week and Arsenal have been mentioned as potential suitors in the past.

Hicks tries to mend fences after his son is forced out

The Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks last night attempted to repair some of the damage done by his son's obscene email to a fan when he insisted Liverpool's spending in the summer transfer window would be "big" and made a jibe at Manchester United for the levels of debt they are carrying.

Benitez hopes to retain Babel

As Rafael Benitez downgrades his summer transfer targets, Ryan Babel has made it clear he does not want to leave Anfield while two Spanish youngsters have been linked with the club as part of a reported possible deal to take Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid.

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Gerrard and Torres in key for Benitez's band of brothers

They called him "El Nino" in Spain and, for a while last night, Fernando Torres did look like a kid. Dumped to the turf by Mathieu Flamini, complaining about Philippe Senderos's challenge and then out-muscled by William Gallas. But it is a nickname that the 24-year-old has outgrown.