Croatian hoping to fill Hamann void

Biscan I want to play my way out; Croatian hoping to fill Hamann void - and woo potential buyers.

IGOR BISCAN has vowed to fill the Champions League void left by Dietmar Hamann - and play his way out of Anfield in the process.

The Liverpool midfielder has been told he does not figure in Rafael Benitez's plans and is set to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of this season.

Ironically, the Croatian international now has a crucial role in Liverpool's pursuit of fourth place and the European Cup after Hamann was ruled out for a month with a medial knee ligament injury.

Hamann was expected to be sidelined for three weeks but will miss both Champions League ties with Juventus and Premiership games against Bolton, Manchester City, Tottenham and Portsmouth before resuming training at the end of April.

And despite having an extended run in the team as a result of the German's absence Biscan admits his mind is already set on an Anfield exit this summer.

'The way things are looking now I think I'll be leaving at the end of the season,' said the 26year-old, who has made 26 first team appearances this term.

'I want to do well for myself over the rest of the season and in doing so I'll do well for the team. If I'm going to leave the club then it's important I play games to show the other teams what I am capable of.

'I had a chat with the manager before Christmas and he told me I wasn't in his plans. In that situation you need to think about your future but I never thought about leaving. Even though I wasn't guaranteed first team chances, I didn't want to go. I wanted to stay until the end of the season to do my best if games did come along for me.

'After that some players got injured, I got back into the team and since then I think I have done well enough to earn my place and play more regularly. This season has probably been my best season since I came to the club so I have to be happy with that Biscan arrived at Anfield in a pounds 5.5m deal from Dynamo Zagreb in 2000 but mostly suffered on the sidelines before his fortunes improved under Benitez.

And the midfielder admitted: 'At times it hasn't been easy for me. In fact it has sometimes been very hard. But when you play for big clubs you know you'll have good periods and bad periods. If you come through the bad times then that's what makes you a better person and a better player.

'The Liverpool fans have been great with me.

'It gives me a really nice feeling and makes me feel special when they chant my name.' SV Hamburg are favourites to land Biscan on a free transfer this summer although the midfielder has not ruled out a Premiership stay.

Benitez, meanwhile, admits the likes of Darren Potter and Anthony Le Tallec will also be asked to ease Liverpool's latest injury crisis alongside Biscan.

'Hamann will be out for a month,' said the Anfield manager. 'He has a ligament problem and usually it takes at least four weeks to recover. Now we need to look at some of the youngsters who did so well in the Carling Cup

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