Anfield boss ready to swing the axe.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will look to offload three members of his first team squad in January as he seeks to boost the club’s transfer coffers.
The Anfield manager will hope to make upwards of £25m from the sale of trio of under-performing talents that he can then make good use of, and in order to do so will look to make sales early in the transfer window, giving the Northern Irishman plenty of time to bring in replacements so as to avoid a repeat of the summer deadline-day debacle.
Stewart Downing has failed to impress Rodgers and even though he has put in a couple of decent performances in Europa League action and even been used with some success in a full-back role, the former Swansea City manager is keen to offload the 28 year old and will hope to recoup at least half of the £20m that was paid to Aston Villa for the England winger in the summer of 2011.
Brendan Rodgers has seen youngster Raheem Sterling, Suso and new signing Oussama Assaidi impress in their roles on the Liverpool flanks and as such feels he can afford to cash in on the former Middlesbrough man.
Having attempted to offer Joe Cole a way back into first team action, handing the 30 year old a lifeline in the opening match of the campaign only to see the attacking midfielder injured just minutes after coming on as a sub.
Liverpool’s ethos is geared towards youth and as such the former West Ham and Chelsea man is becoming surplus to requirements and will only be considered as a bit part player, a role the former England regular may well not be pleased to fill.
As such Rodgers is willing to sell the Londoner in the hopes of garnering around £3-5m from his sale and perhaps more importantly removing his reported £90k a week wages from the club’s balance sheet.
Whereas Cole does not fit in with the Merseyside club’s push for a more youthful squad, Jordan Henderson will be made available for prospective interested parties despite the 22 year old fitting the bill in terms of his age.
Rodgers has not been impressed by the former Sunderland man’s efforts and whereas Kenny Dalglish selected Henderson to play a part in 37 of Liverpool’s 38 Premier League fixtures last term, his successor has handed the England international just 73 minutes of top tier football this term and hasn’t selected him in his starting line-up for a single Premier League match during the current campaign.
Liverpool forked out £16m to sign the adaptable midfielder and Brendan Rodgers will hope to retrieve as much of that outlay as possible as he draws up a list of January transfer targets.
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