Anfield boss means business, ready to offload players who lack desire and ability to perform.
The Daily Mail is today reporting that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is ready to conduct an Anfield cull.
The Northern Irish boss is apparently unhappy with the lack of desire, hunger and ability shown by a number of his Liverpool squad and will look to sell in January if performances do not improve. Indeed the former Swansea City manager, who collected his first Premier League win of the season at Carrow Road yesterday, may well also be looking to generate funds in order to continue his re-building of the squad left to him by predecessor Kenny Dalglish.
Winger Stewart Downing is very much a player who’s Liverpool career hangs in the balance. Last term the former Aston Villa and Middlesbrough man struggled for form, failed to score a single Premier League goal and provided very little in the way of creativity going forward. This term has fared even worse for the 27 year old.
Rodgers handed the England wide-man a start in the opening fixture with West Brom but hauled him offer when Daniel Agger was sent off and hasn’t selected him to start a Premier League match since.
Stewart Downing may not only see action in the Capital One Cup and Europa League and could well be offloaded in January but Liverpool will struggle to get half the £20m paid for the player just over a year ago. As a sign of how low down the pecking order the player is, Oussama Assaidi was preferred to the experienced wide-man as Rodgers brought on the new signing to replace up and coming Suso.
Jose Enrique started his Liverpool career brightly and enjoyed a relatively successful first campaign last term, one of the few players who could claim to have performed consistently last season, but the Spaniard has been out of sorts this season and the 26 year old has started just one of six Premier League matches this season, and that was in the home defeat to Arsenal. This source claims that the former Newcastle United man lacks desire and hunger and could be on his way out in January.