Benitez open to offers for MorientesMay 17 2006
By Ian Doyle, Daily Post
FERNANDO MORIENTES yesterday admitted he is facing an Anfield exit.
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is willing to listen to offers for the striker, who has scored just 12 goals in 60 games following his £6.3million move from Real Madrid last January.
Although Morientes helped Liverpool to FA Cup glory against West Ham United at the weekend, his joy was tempered by the news he failed to make Spain's 23-man squad for next month's World Cup finals.
Benitez will shake up his striking options this summer and is happy to let both Morientes and Djibril Cisse depart as he looks to prepare Liverpool for a genuine championship challenge next season.
Spanish La Liga side Espanyol have been keeping tabs on Morientes, while Marseille and Lyon are tracking Cisse.
Morientes accepts he has suffered a "terrible" season and will seek talks with Benitez to clarify his situation.
"People are saying that Liverpool are going to sign forwards and Benitez does not count on me any more," said the striker.
"But if I don't play, I can't stay. I've been at Liverpool a year-and-a-half, and with injuries and other things I've never felt right.
"I will have to speak to the manager to see if he wants me.
But I cannot stay if I don't play, if I do not feel useful. That's the reason I left Madrid."
Of his omission from the World Cup, Morientes added: "If I'd have played more, if I'd have scored 15 or 20 more goals, I'd have been able to expect something better, but I haven't played well.
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