Djibril Cisse has denied reports that he is desperate to quit Liverpool but admits he may have to leave Anfield if he is to secure a place in France’s World Cup squad.

Cisse, who has spent much of the season on the bench at Anfield, is concerned about his place in Raymond Domenech’s squad.

During the summer, Cisse was heavily linked with a move to Marseille and the French club have confirmed that they would be interested in taking the striker on loan in January.

“I want to emphasise that I love being in England and at Liverpool – and I want to stay and fight for my place,” said Cisse.

“During the press conference here earlier in the day I simply stated that if my situation with regard to playing for Liverpool had not evolved by January 2006, then I would consider leaving Liverpool for a club where I would be afforded more playing time with a view to the 2006 World Cup.”