Sunday’s LFC Transfer Rumours – Defencive rebuild required

The January transfer window may have only recently closed, but with Liverpool’s poor form of late, already attentions are beginning to turn to this summer and where the Reds’ need strengthening.

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The Mirror report that Brendan Rodgers “is ­planning a ­summer clear-out as part of phase two of his rebuild”.

Pepe Reina, Martin Skrtel, Sebastian Coates, Jose Enrique, Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing are reportedly those of the current first-team squad that will be made available in order to fund new purchases. While a buyer will also be sought for Andy Carroll.

With Jamie Carragher retiring, Rodgers will need to address the defensive frailties this season – with Swansea’s Ashley Williams said to be a top target.

Sweansea boss Michael Laudrup responded to reports, saying:

“Of course I want him to stay – he’s so important to our team. Ashley has done so well for us. He had a difficult start to the season but it shows his character that he’s come back to play at such a high level for the past three months.

“He has so many good qualities. He’s quick, strong, his positional play is good and he reads the game so well.

“It’s also so important that he is good on the ball because that gives ­confidence to the rest of the team.

“I can understand the bigger clubs looking at him. If they want your ­players, it shows they are performing. We don’t want him going anywhere.”

Selling Coates and Skrtel, along with Carragher’s retirement, would leave only Daniel Agger as a first-team centre back. Martin Kelly, currently sidelined with ligament damage, could return to the position he occupied while progressing through the youth ranks at the club but Rodgers would still need at least two more new centre backs.

The Reds boss this week hinted that he will be looking to sign experienced players to help the squad:

“The biggest thing we need this summer is to bring in some men, some character that allows and supports the other men to see the games out. That is the biggest thing for me. Look at Jamie Carragher. He is our best defender, he is 35, but we are losing that character. That has to be replaced somehow.”

Rodgers will also face a tough summer in order to keep Luis Suarez at the club, he is now 26 years old and a move to a side in the Champions League would be tempting.

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  • Alan

    I simply don’t believe this ,please tell me this can’t be true. If it is Suarez will definitely leave in the Sumner and possibly Stevie G as well and who could blame them we are going to be a championship team the way we are headed. PLEASE PLEASE LFC SUPPORTERS STAND TOGETHER NOW TO DRIVE THIS AMATEUR MANAGER AND OWNERS OUT NOW !!! Rodgers and Fsg out OUT OUT before they wreck our beloved team.

    • Cb

      It’s not true, it’s just hype. Let’s see what Rodgers can do in the summer transfer window and stick with him as the young team we have will only get stronger

      • Alan

        The ” young team” are absolutely hopeless sterling wisdom shelvey suso are the ones we need to replace with more experienced players ,but the fool Rodgers and totally clueless Fsg don’t seem to realize it. So RODGERS AND FSG OUT NOW !

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=661900996 Scott Brown

        Im with CB on this one. This sort of hype has been endemic during the past few years. 99% of the time it comes to nothing. Rumours are just rumours for a reason.

      • karl yates

        I’m with you,absolutely sick of Brendan out mugs,who believe everything they read in the papers,changing the manager again isn’t the answer,we need stability,at the least Brendan needs the summer window to show the team he is building,he didn’t have the benefit of 100 mil to spend as Kenny & cammoli had & this team has shown improvements,it’s had to be make do & mend because of financial constraints when he first arrived,even so we are now gelling as a team & FSG are getting behind him as well as the team,roll on next season with Brendan,FSG & the new improvements

    • Stu

      What an idiot.

      • rodgers supporter

        agreed, total idiot….

        • Alan

          Thanks mate that’s a huge compliment from anybody who still supports the clown Rodgers !

          • JulHI

            I agree with you. Those two donkeys (BR & FSG) out from Anfield!
            Fed up with their excuses!

    • josek

      YOU ARE A CLOWN MATE

  • Butragenio

    Liverpool need to get rid of FSG and Brenda, Bring in a pro, Benitez. Build on the good team we already have, Brind in three players who can make a difference. We already saw what Sturridge can do. Unfortuntely, Brenda had to spend 50m before he nailed the first decent signing. Then we qualify for Europe. Then only the sky is the limit.

    • In rafa i trust

      Spot on mate!

  • Redblooded Male

    This guy is still chasing Swansea players!
    I’d prefer a summer management clear-out, tbh.

  • abcd

    Find it impossible to believe that Jordan Henderson will be sold. Wouldn’t be happy to see him moved on at this stage regardless of price. After so much ins and outs in recent years the club need to build on whats there. By all means move on the fringe players but start with the likes of Jay Spearing, Danny Wilson etc who aren’t up it at the top level and then move on to the like Coates and those who look like they have their better days behind them like Skrtel. With Carragher going quality replacement is needed and that certainly isn’t Ashley Williams.

  • tobinho

    I’m quite shocked how many people aren’t backing Rodgers and FSG.. Considering we were on the brink of administration, and last season it seemed we were just naming a starting 11 and hoping for the best with no game plan, I thought savvy supporters would easily be able to see the plan being put in place. And that’s not just at first team level, from the academy to all other club aspects, it looks like Liverpool are heading forward for the first time in a while. Results have not been great but how can we expect to compete with top 4 clubs when we’ve had one forward for most the season and top clubs have 3,4,5 top strikers? No more short-termism, give Rodgers another transfer window to build the squad he wants.

    • Butragenio

      then what? stand for some other excuse…

  • SayanKopite

    I don’t loathe BR but I don’t love him either…and like Alan said…we could be a championship team the way results are coming out and the rumours are stating.
    Some CB like Benedikt Howedes and Toby Alderweireld would help…and some midfield starlets like Eriksen. Borini has been given 1 full season and he’s too injury prone.We could get Kaka from RM on a cut price deal too!! :D
    OR we could get FT9 back to liverpool to combine with Suarez and Sturridge…we should get Rafa back if possible by the start of next season
    YNWA!!