Pennant frustrated at Anfield

24 January 2009 11:02
Winger Jermaine Pennant has admitted that he is not going to return to Liverpool at the end of his loan spell with Portsmouth. The 26-year-old has joined Pompey on loan until the end of the season, having grown frustrated by his bit-part role with Rafa Benitez's Reds. He told Sky Sports: "I don't know what it is with me and Rafa. He knows I've got the ability and that I'm capable of playing in his team. "But when you find yourself suddenly training on your own - when all the other boys are out there - and it's just a couple of years after playing in a Champions League final, you've got to wonder where you're going. "A lot of people at Liverpool told me they can't understand why I've not even been given a sniff of a chance even on the bench. "I don't know either, because I played 34 games last season and suddenly I can't get in. "I've come here to Portsmouth to do a job for them and when my contract is finished in July then the world's my oyster. "I don't think Liverpool will be watching or coming back for me. They can't say anything to me really. "All I've said to Rafa in the last couple of seasons is 'good morning' and things like that, but you can't knock him. It's his team and he's won plenty of trophies, including the Champions League. "But it does look as if, apart from the obvious ones, you stand a better chance of being in the team there if you're a foreigner."

Source: ESA