A lot has been going on at Anfield this summer and it’s not at all surprising to see. A hugely disappointing season meant that the Reds needed an overhaul, or more accurately, another overhaul, to bring themselves back on track for the Champions League, if not the Premier League title. As far as rebuilding is concerned, the club are on a roll after having confirmed five signings already.
James Milner, Danny Ings, Adam Bogdan, Joe Gomez and Roberto Firmino have all headed into Anfield, but what is a matter of concern now is the fact that none have made their exit through those same revolving doors. Yes, Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson and Brad Jones have all been released by the club, but I’m sure you know what I mean.
Liverpool at this point of time have a lot of deadwood that they must shift. Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert, Fabio Borini, Luis Alberto all need to be sold. Perhaps Jose Enrique and maybe even Lucas Leiva will also be sent packing if half decent offers were to be received. Sebastian Coates though is one man who already looks to be on his way out of the club with a 4 million pound deal expected to be in place with the Reds’ Premier League rivals, Sunderland. Brendan Rodgers has made an outlay of almost 32 million pounds this summer on Firmino and Gomez, while all their other signings have been freebies.
They are expected to recuperate a significant sum this time around as well because the chances of Raheem Sterling staying on at Anfield any further looks to be slim. Liverpool would in no way, want to refill their coffers by selling their biggest stars. They’d rather do it by selling some of the players who are surplus to requirements and there are none more surplus than the quadruplet of attackers that we have rotting at our club. Balotelli, Lambert, Borini and Luis Alberto all need selling, but unfortunately for us, their form in recent times has been so poor that no clubs are willing to take a punt on them.
In all, these four lads cost the club a total of 39 million pounds in transfer fees. Now though, it’s very hard to even imagine us receiving half that sum in exchange for their departures. Of these four players, I feel that Rickie Lambert would be the easiest to shift simply because he has a proven record here in England. He has scored 10 plus goals in nine of his last ten seasons, with the only exception coming just the last year.
Fabio Borini is another player who can be shifted, and this time the reason is his fan following back home in Italy. He has never really been able to boast a decent goal record despite being a striker and I’m not sure who in their right mind would pay money for him, but he did have a decent enough season with Roma before joining the Reds. All in all, Rodgers and the club’s owners will be hoping that they can sell all of these players to not just bring some cash back in to the club, but to also free up what should be a very hefty wage bill.