Today is the final day of the summer transfer window, and Liverpool are expected to do plenty of outgoing business throughout the much-talked about ‘Deadline Day’. Henry Jackson runs you through the potential ins and outs on what could be a frantic day.
Transfer deadline day has become one of the most eagerly-anticipated days in the football calender, with plenty of business done right up until the 11pm cut-off point. Today will be no different.
On deadline days down the years Liverpool have announced both the signings and departures of many top class players, whether it be Luis Suarez joining the club in 2011 or Fernando Torres moving to Chelsea on the same day, but how will it pan out this time round?
Here are the players we expect to be heavily involved in today’s transfer circus.
Brendan Rodgers has made it clear that he only really needs to make one more addition to his current squad, and another goalkeeper is most certainly the key area Liverpool need to strengthen.
The Daily Mirror reported on Sunday that the club were close to reaching an agreement for the signing of Romero, who started for Argentina in this summer’s World Cup final and was on loan at Monaco from Sampdoria last season.
The 27-year-old would be a terrific addition, and an undoubted upgrade on Brad Jones, who is not good enough for a top four club. Romero would add greater competition to Simon Mignolet, and it would make the Belgian up his level even more knowing his place in the side was not as assured as it is at the moment.
There is every chance Romero will be the only incoming player at Anfield today.
Lucas’ future has been unclear for a while now, but his exclusion from Liverpool’s squad against Manchester City last Monday, coupled with the Mirror reporting a loan move to Napoli was close to being finalised, seem to signal his days on Merseyside are numbered.
With Steven Gerrard clearly first-choice in defensive midfield, and the likes of Jordan Henderson, Joe Allen and Emre Can also considered more important players now, the 27-year-old would be wise to join former boss Rafa Benitez in Serie A.
Injuries have cruelly hampered the Brazilian’s progress in recent years, and he may well have played the last of his 244 appearances in a Reds shirt.
Borini’s future has been up in the air all summer, but it has become clear that Rodgers does not see him as part of his plans this season and beyond.
Liverpool would be happier to sell him on a permanent deal, but if a loan offer comes in, which seems to be the more likely outcome, they will surely accept it.
Borini made 20 appearances in his only full season at Anfield to date (2012/13), scoring just twice.
The Daily Star claim that Milan are interested in taking Suso to the club on loan, with a view to a permanent deal should he impress.
The 20-year-old has struggled to become a key part of Rodgers’ plans, and with Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling, Lazar Markovic and Adam Lallana all ahead of him in the pecking order in attacking midfield, it’s hard to see that changing any time soon.
The Spaniard has only managed 20 first-team appearances since arriving in 2010, and expect a deal to potentially go through before the 11pm deadline.
Although some may be surprised to hear it, Assaidi is still a Liverpool player. The 26-year-old has no future at the club, however, and there is every chance he will leave today.
Stoke have maintained a constant interest in the Moroccan wide man this summer, after he impressed on loan there last season, and Mark Hughes could well get his man at the eleventh hour.
Assaidi has managed just 12 appearances for the Reds since joining from Heerenveen in the summer of 2012, failing to score in that time.
With Dejan Lovren, Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure all preferred at centre-back by Rodgers, the 23-year-old will be a peripheral figure if he stays at Liverpool in 2014/15.
The Reds boss has said already that he would rather his fringe players leave in order to get the best out of their careers, and Coates’ ability is undoubtedly deserving of playing regular first-team action.
He arrived from Nacional in 2011, but injuries and form have limited him to just 24 appearances in a Reds shirt.
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