Albert Riera launches scathing attack on Benítez

By Thomas Crean
Photo: Andy Nugent

Photo: Andy Nugent

Liverpool’s Albert Riera has said he is considering quitting the Merseyside club due to a lack of first team football.

In an interview with Radio Marca, the Spaniard revealed that he may be forced to look elsewhere for first team football as Benítez continues to exclude him from Liverpool’s starting line-ups.

He also voiced a growing concern that this lack of action could affect his World Cup ambitions.

“I would like to spend my whole career here, but we players live to play,” said a frustrated Riera. “My aim is to go to the World Cup and for this I have to be playing.”

The 27-year-old alluded to the possibility of securing a move to Russia in the near future in order to get regular football prior to this summer’s main event.

Furthermore the Spanish international voiced his frustrations regarding the impersonal approach of the manager, who he claims never talks to the players to sort out problems in the team, which Riera believes shows a lack of respect to the players.

“He’s never sorted out a situation with a player by talking with him,” he continued. “If I’m doing something badly and you are my boss, and you value me, then you are going to come and tell me what I have to do to play again. This is what hurts me.”

Riera also believes Benítez holds something ‘personal’ against him.

“When the coach says nothing to you and you are well, with no physical problems and training well, you cannot help but think it must be something personal,” he added.

Riera’s comments come in the wake of Fernando Torres hinting he may have to leave the club if “four or five top-class players” are not added to the squad over the summer to compete on all fronts next season.

Liverpool face Lille at Anfield tonight in the second leg of their last 16 UEFA Europa League tie, and are a goal down from the first encounter.

Pressure has been mounting on the Reds boss following their poor showing in the Premier League and UEFA Champions League this season, with fans split in opinion over whether he should be relieved of his duties or not.

However, it is reported that club owners have their hands tied due to Liverpool’s dire finances, as he would be owed in the region of £18m should they decide to dismiss the Spaniard.

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