Liverpool boss Benitez has winter market plans thwarted

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has had his January plans dashed by the club's American owners.

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The News of the World says George Gillett and Tom Hicks blocked the sale of Peter Crouch and refused to buy £17million Argy Javier Mascherano.

The Americans do not want any dealings because of the uncertainty over Benitez's future.

They have admitted talking to Jurgen Klinsmann and they do not want a repeat of 2004 when Gerard Houllier signed £14m Djibril Cisse just before he was sacked.

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