By Chris Wright
It really is a thinking man’s game these days
Liverpool have suspended Albert Riera until Monday and put the out-spoken midfielder up for sale following his stinging criticism of manager Rafa Benitez earlier in the week.
The news has sparked rumours that Riera could leave Anfield within weeks, and the Spaniard has already been linked with an immediate move to either CSKA or Spartak Moscow – as the Russian transfer window does not close until April 8th.
Should either of the Moscow clubs be able to match Liverpool’s £8 million valuation of the 27-year-old winger then it is thought a transfer could be hurried through as early as next week.
Riera has today moved to quell the row between him and his manager by insisting that he has ‘no interest in making [Benitez] his enemy’ but it may prove to be a case of ‘too little too late’ for the former Spanish international.