Liverpool to sell £77.7m-worth of talent to fund transfer business – nine players who could go

first_img 9 9 9 9 Liverpool have almost certainly missed out on Champions League football and face a summer of rebuilding after a disappointing 2014/15 season.But with no entry to Europe’s elite competition to look forward to, the Reds face a double whammy: a loss of Champions League revenue combined with the problem of attracting players to Anfield, without the lure of big European nights.That is why Brendan Rodgers must look to raise funds by getting rid of players deemed surplus to requirements.We have identified nine such Liverpool stars, who were brought to the club for a combined total of £77.7m.While the sale of these players won’t recoup that amount, it would go a long way to topping up Liverpool’s summer transfer budget.Who would you get rid of? Let us know by leaving a comment below…CHECK OUT THIS LIVERPOOL FACEBOOK PAGE FOR MORE REDS NEWS, VIEWS AND DEBATE 1. Mario Balotelli – to find out who else is heading for the Anfield exit door, click the yellow arrow above, right! – How do you solve a problem like Mario? Sell him! The maverick Italian has failed to live up to his price tag, scoring just four goals in all competitions this season. His attitude and dedication to the cause has been questioned, prompting him to hit back at his critics on social media, while mysterious and sometimes unexplained injury absences have also left Reds faithful frustrated. Is his time up? His name alone could see the club at least recoup the ‘bargain’ £16m fee if another big club comes calling. 9 9 7. Fabio Borini – Arrived with a lot of promise, Italian striker Borini has failed to live up to the hype. An average maiden season was followed by a more impressive loan spell at Sunderland, where his goals arguably saved the Black Cats from the drop. He was offered another loan move to QPR last summer, but turned it down in favour of fighting for a first team spot at Anfield, but it just hasn’t happened for him. A return to Serie A is likely, with recent reports linking him with a move to Lazio. 9 2. Glen Johnson – Johnson is likely to leave at the end of the season, having so far failed to agree terms on a new deal. The right-back’s form has slipped over the last few years, and seems more eager to get forward than see out his defensive duties at times, leaving the Reds stretched at the back. At 30 years old, it’s fair to say his best form is behind him. He’s also on a £90,000-a-week contract. Time to get that off the wage bill. 9 6. Sebastian Coates – A Roy Hodgson signing, the Uruguayan gained a reputation of being a bit of a calamity at the back during his limited time in the first team frame. He moved to Sunderland on loan last summer but has seen first-team chances limited there due to ongoing injury troubles. The arrivals of Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho have also put his Reds future further into doubt, and with the player now coming into the final 12 months of his contract, it may be time for Liverpool to attempt to recoup a portion of the £7m they paid for him. 3. Jose Enrique – Spaniard Enrique has struggled to stake his claim for a first team place since returning from an injury-hit campaign, with Alberto Moreno taking his place before Rodgers decided to switch to a three-man defence. Moreno and countryman Javier Manquillo have also found regular action hard to come by despite impressing early in their Reds careers. Maybe Rodgers will be more inclined to give the young pair a chance when the likes of Enrique and Johnson are gone. 4. Brad Jones – Simon Mignolet might have proven his critics wrong with a string of impressive performances, but Liverpool were vulnerable during the Belgian’s exile with only Australian No.2 Brad Jones to call on. Pepe Reina would have been the perfect man to have at Anfield this season, but the fan-favourite was astonishingly allowed to leave for a bit-part role at Bayern Munich. A better sub keeper is needed, not only for an adequate injury replacement, but also to keep Mignolet on his toes. 5. Rickie Lambert – The big man was a hit at Southampton but just hasn’t cut it at his hometown club. He’s struggled for game time under Rodgers, who just doesn’t seem to favour the forward, and at 33, it’s probably best for his career if he seals a move away for more regular football. 8. Luis Alberto – The Spanish youngster is another of Rodgers’ signings who has failed to cut the mustard. Arrived from Barcelona’s B team for close to £7million, the 22-year-old managed just nine Premier League appearances before being sent out to La Liga outfit Malaga this season. The young forward has netted twice in Spain, one a winner against Athletic Bilbao, but it’s unlikely he will have much of a future at Anfield with the emergence of homegrown youngsters Jordon Ibe and Jerome Sinclair. 9 9. Iago Aspas – Recent reports suggest the striker is set to make his loan move to Sevilla permanent. The 27-year-old arrived from Celta da Vigo for around £7m as one of Rodgers’ first signings, but managed just one competitive goal before he returned to La Liga. Having admitted he was not given the opportunity with the Reds he anticipated, the forward was recently quoted as saying he is keen to remain at Sevilla, and hopes a deal to move away from Liverpool will come to fruition this summer.last_img read more