Rafa undecided on Sinama-Pongolle loan

January 11, 2006

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is ready to map out Florent Sinama-Pongolle's immediate future.

The 21-year-old striker wants to carve out a career at Anfield despite limited first-team opportunities.

He is anxious to face Tottenham on Saturday after scoring twice in the dramatic FA Cup victory over Luton.

Benitez will sit down soon with the young Frenchman to discuss the best way forward.

'We have to come to a decision which is good for him and good for the club,' the Spanish coach told the club's official website.

'I will be talking to him about the situation, we'll analyse it together and then decide what is best.

'Sometimes with young players it's better if they play regularly.

'But if we keep winning games and stay in the FA Cup and Champions League then we will play more matches and need more players.'

Benitez added: 'The important thing from my point of view is that `Flo' is working really hard.

'In the week before the Luton game I was very happy with how he was performing in training and I knew he was ready to play.

'He's a player who can give us different options and he proved that at the weekend.'