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Richie Partridge and Jon Otsemobor are among five players who have been told they will be released by Liverpool.

Partridge has always been thought of as a promising Liverpool player of the future but the young Irishman has struggled with injuries in recent seasons, limiting him to just reserve and the odd Carling Cup outing.

Otsemobor came close to cementing a regular first-team place under Gerard Houllier, with the young right back playing six games before being loaned out to Bolton.

Otsemobor has been out on loan at Crewe this season and has not had a look in under Rafa Benitez, and has now also been released.

Also on their way out of Anfield are England Under-20 striker Mark Smyth and goalkeepers Paul Harrison and Patrice Luzi.

French shot-stopper Luzi, who was signed by Houllier, made just one first team appearance as a substitute in 2003's 1-0 win at Chelsea.

Local lad Harrison has not made a first team appearance and Benitez has decided that he will not get an opportunity with Chris Kirkland, Jerzy Dudek and Scott Carson at the club, while Jose Reina has been linked with a move to Merseyside.

The five join Czech Republic international Vladimir Smicer on the way out of Anfield, although he could still make a farewell appearance in the UEFA Champions League final against Milan.