Liverpool's transfer plans are being hampered by wages being shelled out to two flops.

The Mail on Sunday says the Merseysiders are still meeting the majority of the bloated wages awarded to Joe Cole and Christian Poulsen, even though both players are on loan in France.

Liverpool are paying £70,000 of Cole's £105,000 weekly wage as he rebuilds his career with Lille.

And they are letting Denmark's Poulsen play for Evian this season, with the French club contributing only £15,000 of his £65,000-a-week deal.

The deals mean Liverpool will pay £6million-plus on the two players' salaries over the course of the season, which hampers Kenny Dalglish's activities in the January transfer window.