Whitbread was on the fringes of the first-team at the start of the season, as cover for Jamie Carragher and Sami Hyypia, but Rafael Benitez has rarely used him even in the squad. Liverpool’s exit from the Carling Cup means that the player will get few chances in the Red shirt before the new year, so this short-term deal gives him a chance to gain experience.
On the same day Whitbread was joining up with the London side, former-Red Don Hutchison was leaving. Now 34, Hutchison had joined Millwall on a short-term deal in the summer but failed to get himself a regular first-team place, starting in just eight games. He announced his decision to leave was agreed with Milwall, saying: “I have left Millwall by mutual consent after agreeing to cancel my contract. I have left because of a lack of first-team football. At my age I need to be playing regularly.”
Hutchison was an extremely promising youngster during his days at Anfield, but earned a reputation for misbehaving and was eventually let go by the Reds. He’s still hoping for a chance to keep his playing days going though: “I am actively looking to join a club with ambition, and there are one or two in the pipeline.”