The Daily Mail says with co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett still stalling over the extra cash needed to meet an £18million asking price for Aston Villa midfielder Barry, Reds boss Rafa Benitez is urgently exploring ways of generating funds.

But he has been unable to find a buyer for Xabi Alonso, despite enquiries from Juventus and Arsenal, and has now scared off Hamburg with his valuation of Kuyt.