Spartak rule out raid for Red Riera

The outspoken winger has been told that he has no future at Anfield

after a verbal attack against the managerial techniques of Rafa

Benitez. Two weeks ago it appeared that Riera was set to join

Spartak on loan as the Russian transfer window is still open, but

the deal collapsed. The 27-year-old has since attempted to regain

the faith of Benitez, however, the Liverpool boss has stated that

there is no way back. Riera, though, could be forced to wait until

the summer for a move, with Spartak Moscow manager Valery Karpin

saying in the Daily Mail: “I can tell you why the transfer didn’t

happen. “Riera wanted to go to Spartak to hit the jackpot. We made

him understand that this wouldn’t happen with us. “I can say there

will be no acquisitions before the transfer window closes.”