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Winger could be handed Reds chance

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Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is pondering including Adam Hammill in his first-team plans when he returns from his loan spell at Blackpool.

Hammill's loan spell at Bloomfield Road expires in the New Year after Benitez decided to farm out the winger in the summer so that he could gain valuable first-team experience.

The 20-year-old is highly-regarded by the Liverpool coaching staff and he was rewarded with a new three-year deal before he was sent out on loan to Blackpool.

Hammill, who helped Liverpool win the FA Youth Cup in 2006, has impressed at Blackpool and Benitez has been keeping tabs on his progress at the Championship outfit.

Benitez is now thought to believe Hammill is ready to make the step up to the first-team upon his return to Anfield feeling he has matured from his loan spells at Dunfermline, Southampton and Blackpool.

The Reds boss has admitted he is concerned with Liverpool's lack of goals in recent matches and he could see Hammill's creativity as something that could bolster his attacking options in the second half of the season.

Liverpool have struggled to solve their problematic right-sided position with Dirk Kuyt filling in there, but Hammill could be an option to help provide the ammunition for the likes of Fernando Torres and Robbie Keane.