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By ESPN Staff

Rafa: Kirkland has no future at Liverpool

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has virtually conceded goalkeeper Chris Kirkland has no future at Anfield.

The injury-plagued Kirkland is currently on loan at West Brom but has been ruled out for the rest of the season after breaking a finger.

With Jose Reina installed as Benitez's first-choice and impressing in his debut season, Champions League final hero Jerzy Dudek on the bench and the promising Scott Carson as back-up, a return to Liverpool is unlikely for the 24-year-old Kirkland.

'It is a pity he has another injury,' said Benitez, whose side go to West Brom for today's evening kick-off in the Premiership having not lost against the Baggies since 1981.

'We are playing well, we have a lot of clean sheets, Pepe Reina is playing well, we have Jerzy and Scott Carson is a very good young goalkeeper.

'We have a lot of good goalkeepers and he knows this.

'He wanted to play and it was the best solution for him to go to West Brom.

'Now he is out of luck again but I think he has quality. He needs to play and it will be difficult for him to play with Pepe Reina playing at this level.

'We will talk with him and his agent to see if we can find a solution.'

Benitez also swept aside rumours of a swoop for attacking midfielder Sergio Aguero after newspaper reports linked the Argentinian teenager with Liverpool.

'He is a good player - he is one of the best in Argentina - but we are not thinking about him. At this moment we are thinking about West Brom,' added the Spaniard.

Aguero, who plays for Independiente and is believed to have a price tag of £10million, is understood to want a move to England.

'I have been a Liverpool fan for as long as I can remember and it would be a dream to play there,' he is reported as saying.

'I watched the Champions League final and celebrated every goal as if it was for Independiente.'