Burley would like Guthrie back

Southampton boss George Burley is considering an approach to Liverpool to take Danny Guthrie back to St Mary's on a permanent basis or, failing that, on loan again.

Twenty-year-old Danny played ten times for the Saints as Liverpool sent him out for some experience. He impressed his boss at Southampton, mainly used in the centre of midfield, and given Liverpool's riches in that department Burley feels Guthrie could be allowed to leave Anfield, or at the very least be released on loan again.

Burley said: "It's something we'll be looking at in the summer. Danny did very well. I like Danny and it's something we'll consider during the summer – naturally finance will come into play."

Finance will come into play from Liverpool's perspective too of course. With Rafa Benitez looking to raise funds for his summer purchases from player sales, the Reds boss will certainly listen to offers for more players than he might have done had the owners backed him the way they'd implied they would.

Burley said of Guthrie: "Danny did well on loan so we'll review what squad we've got for next season. He's only 20 and has got potential. He came in and did well for us and we'll look at it in the summer. At the moment he's not in the Liverpool first team squad so there might be an opportunity there".