No way back for Riera

Reds boss still wants to offload outspoken winger

Riera: Out of favour

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Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has indicated that there is no way back for Albert Riera at Anfield.

The Reds have been trying to offload the Spanish winger after his radio outburst at his boss' expense in his homeland ahead of the Europa League tie with Lille.

A move to Spartak Moscow has stalled, reportedly due to personal terms, and Riera has since announced his desire to stay with Liverpool.

But Benitez, who is preparing his side for Sunday's trip to Birmingham, has let it be known that the 27-year-old does not have future on Merseyside.

"We still have some time until the end of the Russian transfer window so we will see what happens," the Reds chief told the Liverpool Echo.

"I didn't see his latest comments but for me, on the day before a massive game when he was talking 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. He also said he wants to play, that's why he had to go, but our fans are not stupid and they will know what's going on. We'll see what happens now."