We take a look at the players likely to depart Liverpool this summer and how their sales will give manager Brendan Rodgers a very healthy transfer budget to work with.
The big Geordie is clearly not wanted at Anfield under Brendan Rodgers and will be available to the highest bidder this summer. Although West Ham have a price agreed to sign the England forward, current reports suggest they won’t be taking up the option. Other potential suitors include former club Newcastle, who are lacking in forwards after the departure of Demba Ba to Chelsea in January.
Liverpool could do with Carroll scoring a few and impressing over the final 10 games of the season to ensure a higher fee, with his season thus yielding just three goals.
Price: £12m +
The Slovakian has fallen out of favour lately, seemingly struggling to adapt to the system under Brendan Rodgers and reports suggest a falling out has taken place between the two. All signs point towards a summer exit. Last summer he was attracting interest from Manchester City, and signed a new deal which runs until 2016 so he will command a good fee.
Price: £8m +
Shelvey started brightly and seemed to be making good progress under Rodgers this season, but has struggled of late and is now well out of favour. Stoke have been linked with a move for the England under 21 midfielder and he would generate good money.
Flanagan is clearly not in favour and has fallen behind Andre Wisdom and quite possibly Ryan McLaughlin, both younger than him. Add to the right back equation Glen Johnson and Martin Kelly and it’s clear to see why his future lies away from Anfield. At 20 he needs to move now to get regular first-team football.
Spearing has done what Flanagan could have done with doing this season; taken a drop down the divisions but played week-in, week-out. Jay has 33 appearances for Bolton so far, scoring twice and impressing in a holding midfield role. He still has two years remaining on his contract and clearly has the potential to play in the Premier League.
A bit of a strange one this given that Coates had moved to third choice centre back ahead of Carragher at the start of the season, but has since fallen way out of favour. He hasn’t started a game since the defeat to Oldham and barring injuries I wouldn’t expect him to feature again this season.
The 22 year old Spaniard is currently on loan to SD Huesca in Spain’s Segunda División and must surely now be destined to depart after failing to make the breakthrough under a series of managers. He has impressed for the reserves this season, and even on the brief first-team appearances in Europa and League Cup early on, but the time has come for him to move on. He still has a year remaining on his contract.
Ngoo may actually have a very good chance of a career at Anfield, but is sure to be attracting interest this summer. He’s only 20 but may see the opportunity to move away and get regular football as a good one. Currently impressing on loan at Hearts and reportedly interesting Scottish giants Celtic. He could go on loan for another season or we could cash in.
The Scottish defender’s contract expires this summer and won’t be renewed. Currently on loan at Hearts but sure to have interest from a number of higher Championship and possibly lower Premier League sides.
That’s close to £40m raised through player sales, and we’ve not even discussed the possibility of Jordan Henderson or Stewart Downing being sold. Personally, I’d keep both but they were available for the right price last summer and their high wages seem to be a major reason for this. Both though have been much improved under Rodgers, playing in more natural positions, and provide experience and depth to the squad.
Another possible sale is Jose Enrique, with left-back certainly an area Rodgers will be looking to strengthen.
Add to the equation the new mega TV deal and finances this summer should not be a problem for Liverpool.
Reports suggest Rodgers will be given £20m, plus money raised from player sales, thus a total budget of £60m would be achievable.