Benitez: Star player could leave

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has conceded the continuing financial uncertainty at Anfield could lead to the summer departure of one of his big-name players.

The departure of captain Steven Gerrard or Spain striker Fernando Torres has been the subject of much speculation in the media should the Reds miss out on Champions League qualification following a turbulent Premier League season.

Missing out on a lucrative place in Europe would be a further financial blow at a time when reports claim that American owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks are actively seeking to sell their controlling stake in the Merseyside club.

Benitez is hoping that doesn't happen but is refusing to rule out the departure of one of his prize assets should the current financial uncertainty continue.

"I don't think I will have to sell a big player, but it will depend on investors so I cannot guarantee we won't have to sell. Our idea is to keep the spine of the team," he told the People.

"Sometimes you have to manage by selling two or three players who aren't playing too many games, but that does not bring in any big money if they are not playing."

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