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Dossena and Voronin exit as Liverpool wield axe

Liverpool's clash with Tottenham tomorrow may have been frozen off, but boss Rafael Benitez's transfer dealings are heating up.

With two players heading out of Anfield, and another on the brink of signing, the Liverpool manager remains coy on just how much money he will have to spend in this current transfer window.

The belief remains he will have only limited funds to add to his squad with the likelihood there will be greater spending in the summer.

Full-back Andrea Dossena has completed a £4.5million move to Napoli, while striker Andriy Voronin is on the verge of a deal that will take him to Dynamo Moscow for £2million.

Benitez maintains he will not be selling winger Ryan Babel, but is awaiting confirmation that his deal to bring Argentina wide man Maxi Rodriguez to the club from Atletico Madrid can be tied up.

All this was going on yesterday while Liverpool were making a request to the Premier League to have the visit of Spurs to Merseyside called off.

On the transfer front, Benitez will use some of the money from the Dossena and Voronin deals to pay for new contracts for Jose Reina and Javier Mascherano.

But he clearly does not want to sell Babel if the money from that deal will be stockpiled for a summer spree in the transfer market.

Benitez wants to retain Babel for Liverpool's fight for fourth spot which would ensure a return to Champions League football next season.

The Kop chief said: “Sometimes you must do what you have to do. So now we find ourselves having to react in this way in a transfer window.

“We must manage the squad and if we sell players we could have money available.

“But we must always think of what is the best for the club, at this moment in time.

“We are planning ahead, but the most important thing is now. We believe we can progress.

“We have enough confidence. We did well last season with this squad and we can do it again.”

Belfast Telegraph