Robson wants Kirkland on loan – if fit

Chris Kirkland is looking more and more likely to be playing his football at the Hawthorns next season after their manager, Bryan Robson, admitted he was interested in the goalkeeper.

Kirkland has suffered a horrendous list of injuries during his time at Anfield and feels he may struggle to get a place in the Anfield line-up now with the imminent arrival of Jose Reina from Spain. With the World Cup looming Kirkland feels he needs first team football and a year on loan at West Brom could be the key to that.

Robson himself is no stranger to injuries, seemingly always suffering from one injury or other during his time at Manchester United. Robson still feels there is a doubt over Kirkland’s fitness though and would want to assess him before making the loan move for him. Robson said: "We are interested in signing Chris and I think it would be for a certain amount of time. I hope to have him over for training so that we can assess his fitness and if all is alright there could be a possible loan deal."

Robson continued: "I am hoping to have talks this week and a deal is something we are definitely looking at. We are looking at a few players, but there is no news as yet with a lot of it speculation at the minute."

Benitez would be wary of allowing Kirkland to go on loan to West Brom without any kind of recall clause. Liverpool have a potentially marathon season ahead and even goalkeepers can get tired. Reina will no doubt start as first choice, Dudek as second and Scott Carson as third, but just one injury could leave Liverpool worrying again.