Liverpool FC: 5 Players to Sell This Summer

Pradeep KumarFeatured ColumnistJanuary 21, 2012

Liverpool FC: 5 Players to Sell This Summer

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    We’re past the halfway mark of the 2011-12 campaign in the Barclays Premier League.

    And Liverpool’s hope of nailing down that coveted fourth spot is looking increasingly unlikely with every passing day. Indifferent home form has pushed the Reds back to mid-table position and they find themselves in the seventh spot just behind Newcastle United.

    And yet, that hasn’t prompted Kenny Dalglish to spend on players this January. If anything, he had suggested a quiet window for LFC in a recent press conference.

    In that case, we can only keep our fingers crossed and pray that we make it to the top four. But, there is this one thing that the club should do irrespective of the position we finish this season.

    And that is to sell some of the players mentioned in this slide.

    Read on to find if you concur with my reasons as to why the club should part ways with these players…

Stephen Darby

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    I don’t know if some of the supporters even remember this native scouser.

    Stephen Darby, currently on loan at Rochdale, has virtually no future in this LFC setup.

    Once considered as a player worthy enough to lay claim to the right back position in the first team, Darby’s stock went into free fall with the emergence of Martin Kelly and, more recently, Jon Flanagan.

    Labelled Mr. Consistent by late Gary Ablett on account of his incredible performances for the reserve team, Darby saw his chances severely restricted when Glen Johnson signed on for Liverpool.

    Selling Darby is not a financially exciting prospect for LFC. But it would represent a step ahead for the player from his current position.

    At 23, now is the right time for Darby to look to re-start his career that went unnoticed in a club caught in transition.

Alberto Aquilani

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    Some of you folks should be aware of why this man gains entry into this list.

    Aquilani was one of the players who joined Liverpool in the Rafa Benitez era. Aquilani’s transfer represented every bit of a bad deal ever brokered by Liverpool.

    Injuries kept him out of action for a number of matches and when he did get better, Roy Hodgson saw fit to loan him out to Juventus for a whole season.

    Juventus went back on their word to purchase him outright at the end of his loan spell, and while he did show glimpses of class during his Liverpool preseason tour matches, Kenny Dalglish believed that the midfielder did not fit into his plans and farmed him out on loan again, but this time to Milan.

    The only difference is that this time around we have to ensure that Milan purchases him despite the fact that we have to take a hit on the money paid to Roma.

    Personally, I don’t want to see a repeat of last summer’s will he or won’t he drama, the distractions and the bad press.

    Plus, we need to clear off some of the wages.

Brad Jones

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    Roy’s decision to buy a goalkeeping cover for Reina by investing £2.3 million for Brad Jones absolutely baffled me.

    The former Middlesbrough shot stopper now finds himself down the pecking order below the likes of Alexander Doni and reserve keeper Martin Hansen. Not to forget Péter Gulácsi, currently out on loan at Hull City.

    We should also take into account the personal tragedy that Jones has been through and the influence that the situation could have had over his game.

    Nevertheless, the club showed their support in the player with a nice gesture. But, I don’t see a reason for us to keep him beyond this campaign.

    If anything, a move would benefit Jones’ international career as well as he should be looking to take over from Fulham’s Mark Schwarzer as the first-choice goalkeeper for the Aussie national team.

Joe Cole

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    I don’t know what to make of this. Even Joe Cole is confused because he still doesn’t know who signed him up for Liverpool.

    Cole’s time at Liverpool was anything but success.

    He has found some of his touch back playing for Lille OSC on loan that has earned him a surprise call to represent Team GB at the Olympics.

    Still, the fact remains that he was never really going to be the player that club captain Steven Gerrard envisioned him to be.

    The main reason for Cole’s sale to gain priority is the simple reason that it will help bring down the wage bill massively. One of the factors that engineered his move to France was Liverpool agreeing to cover 60 percent of Cole’s wages.

    It accounts to £3 million spent on a player whose services Liverpool doesn’t have. Joe Cole too doesn't seem to be against a move that will only rejuvenate his career.

Dirk Kuyt

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    This was a bit of a toughie.

    The Dutchman has been a consistent performer for the club ever since he made his switch from Feyenoord.

    But, I guess the time for Kuyt has come and the club should take the hard decision of letting him go.

    He has bagged a decent amount of goals for a right winger in every single season that he has represented the club.

    But watching him of late has pushed me to think if the club would want any more of Kuyt’s contributions.

    A rumour, earlier this month, linked him with a switch to a Turkish club.

    The truth of the rumour is hard to judge but at this point the club shouldn’t think twice about accepting a decent offer for a player who is well past his prime.