Managerless Liverpool prepared to make a loss on pricey midfielders.
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Liverpool are open to offers for midfield duo Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam after both failed to impress in their debut season at Anfield.
The duo were signed by former Reds boss Kenny Dalglish, who was sacked earlier this month, as part of an £120 million spending spree last summer. Dalglish followed Director of Football Damien Comolli out of the door and it is believed the pair paid the price for poor decisions in the transfer market, as well as the Club’s failure to qualify for the Champions League.
Henderson, 22, was signed from Sunderland for £20 million but managed just two goals in 37 appearances this term, while Adam arrived from Blackpool for £7 million and also netted twice in 28 appearances. Despite winning the Carling Cup, their first trophy since 2008, Liverpool endured a miserable season, finishing eighth – four points behind their city rivals Everton.
Senior figures at the club, including Managing Director Ian Ayre, blame the side’s lack of goals on the midfield and have urged Liverpool’s American owners, Fenway Sports Group, to cut their losses on Henderson and Adam to raise a transfer kitty for Dalglish’s successor. The Group has already confirmed that the next manager will not have a significant war chest and may have to sell before he can buy. Wigan boss Roberto Martinez remains in pole position for the job.
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is a long-standing admirer of Adam, who he tried to sign in January 2011, and Spurs will be alert to the news of his availability. Henderson, meanwhile, is reluctant to leave Anfield and will resist any attempts to be forced out of the club.