Anfield side could be set for major exodus of talent.
talkSPORT have identified six players who could follow Jonjo Shelvey to the Anfield exit and one imagines that whilst some of those named are players Brendan Rodgers would like to sell, others could well leave despite the Northern Irish boss’s best intentions.
Rodgers has wisely covered most of the cost of his four summer signings by offloading the aforementioned Shelvey and Andy Carroll to Swansea City and West Ham respectively, but the Liverpool manager has his sights set on other, potentially expensive, additions and must plan accordingly.
Pepe Reina is listed by this source as a possible exit bound star and one does imagine that Rodgers invested £9m in Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet knowing that he could well be about to lose the Spaniard as it seems unlikely that either custodian would be happy to warm the Liverpool bench.
Aussie keeper Brad Jones is perhaps a less surprising member of the group of six named by talkSPORT likewise Jay Spearing and Sebastian Coates are two young talents who haven’t really made an impact and could be on their way our from the Merseyside club.
Slovakian battler Martin Skrtel has also been strongly linked with a Liverpool exit, having been frozen out from first team affairs for most of the second half of the last campaign. The experienced defender will not want to be sitting on the sidelines for the coming season and if he has been told to expect as much then a move is more than likely.
Finally talkSPORT suggest that Uruguayan Luis Suarez is likely to leave and given his public statements on the subject of his Liverpool future one would have to agree that the chances of the 26 year old still being at the club by September must be slim.
Rodgers may well be planning ahead for such an eventuality given his capture of strikers Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas but one would imagine that if Liverpool did lose their top-scorer then a bigger name player would be top of the manager’s wish-list.
Suarez netted 30 goals in all competitions last term and has complained recently about the level of abuse he receives from the national press and has cited a sense of victimisation at the hands of the Football Association as another factor that has led the former Ajax man to state that his future lies away from the Premier League.