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LIVERPOOL have confirmed that England midfielder Nick Barmby will be out for at least six weeks.

The 27-year-old is to undergo surgery on an ankle injury next week, which means he is unlikely to play again this year.

"It's been a long stadning injury and we knew something would have to be done," said stand-in Reds manager Phil Thompson. 

"It was just a case of how long he would be out for.

"Hopefully, this will clear up th eproblem and he will be okay. It's a blow for us because we need everybody at the moment.

"Nick is a great attacking midfielder who scores goals and gives us a different option."