Liverpool suspend Riera after explosive interview

Liverpool have suspended Albert Riera after his explosive interview this week on Spanish radio.

The Spain international has been disciplined by Benitez and told not to return to the Merseysiders' Melwood training ground until Monday, Press Association Sport reports.

Riera launched a critical broadside at Benitez, claiming he did not speak to him, and described Liverpool as a "sinking ship".

Benitez is believed to be fuming about the timing of the interview, which was broadcast less than 24 hours before tonight's crucial Europa League last-16 second leg at home to Lille, and has taken swift action to discipline the player.

The suspension means Riera, who came on as a substitute in Lille last week but was not on the bench for Monday's Barclays Premier League victory over Portsmouth, misses the Europa League second leg tie and also Sunday's trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United.