Liverpool Transfers: 5 Squad Players Kenny Dalglish Should Sell This Summer
Liverpool continued it's swoon today with a 3-2 loss at Queen's Park Rangers, calling into question the focus and determination of the players, as well as the managerial acumen of Kenny Dalglish.
Questions understandably are being asked of the depth and quality of the team as well, with speculation arising ahead of the summer transfer period.
There has been much talk about potential new additions to the squad, but less focus has been paid to the flotsam on the payroll. Here then are five squad players who should be sold this summer.
The enigmatic left-back was the first Brazilian ever signed by Liverpool, when he joined on a Bosman free transfer from Valencia. From his very first season at Anfield, Liverpool fans experienced both the promise and the pitfalls that would mark Aurelio's tenure in a Red shirt.
His talent was certain, but injuries would limit his involvement with the first team to just 25 games before he suffered a ruptured Achilles against PSV in a Champion's League matchup.
Lingering injuries would see him fall out of favor with then-manager, Rafa Benitez, who indicated that the Brazilian would not return to Anfield at the end of his then-contract. With Benitez' departure and the hiring of Roy Hodgson, however, Aurelio signed a new contract which expires this summer.
Technically he can't be "sold" since his contract will be expiring, nonetheless, in the interests of both the player and the club, it would be best to let him seek his fortunes elsewhere.
The Australian international has only been at Anfield for a season and a half, but has found it a difficult time breaking into the starting lineup. He was brought in, ostensibly to provide cover for Pepe Reina, but has made only two appearances in his 20 months at the club.
To complicate matters, Liverpool signed veteran Brazilian, Alexander Doni this past season, and he has supplanted Jones in the pecking order. While only costing Liverpool £2.3 million on the wage roll, one would think that the spot could better be spent developing a young talent such as Péter Gulácsi, currently on loan at Hull City.
Not a squad player, but perhaps he should be. Kenny Dalglish consummated a near year-long flirtation with Charlie Adam when he poached his fellow Scot from then-recently relegated Blackpool F.C.
While a fair argument can be made that it is much too soon to turn the page on his tenure at Anfield, the fact remains that Adam has failed to impress by any measure.
He is maddeningly inconsistent, not only from game to game, but seemingly from minute to minute as well. One minute he will make a brilliant crossfield diagonal pass, the next minute he'll eschew the simple pass in favor of something much more extravagant, which invariably would fail to connect.
He's ponderous in possession and is a defensive liability negating any positive contributions, few as they are, he makes on the field. Even his one strength on set pieces has been wanting, with corner kick after corner kick failing to either find the heads of his teammates, or even worse, to get past the first defender.
Never before has so little been asked of one man, and yet he has failed to deliver. Time for Liverpool to cut its losses with this player and give more opportunities to the likes of Jonjo Shelvey.
It feels a bit like blasphemy to speak of Carra as being surplus to requirements, but the sad inevitable fact of any athletic career is that there comes a time when one must hang up one's boots.
Sadly for Carra, that time came and went about two seasons ago. His positional sense allows him to compensate for his lack of pace, but sadly such compensation can only go but so far.
He was the poster boy for a shockingly subpar, aging England defense at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa two years ago, where he was exposed time after time by fleet attacking players.
He struggles for pace two years later in the Premier League, and perhaps it says a lot about Liverpool that he still features occasionally for the club. Having been supplanted by Martin Skrtel this season, Carragher has been relegated to the role of squad player.
With young talents such as Sebastian Coates and Andre Wisdom waiting in the wings, however, it just may be time for Carra to make a move to the sidelines where he'll be a valuable asset to the development of Liverpool's future stars.
There has not been a harder worker in a Liverpool shirt, and arguably all of England, since Liverpool signed Dirk Kuyt from Feyenoord five-and-a-half seasons ago. The sad reality, however, is that this has not been one of his better seasons, with the Dutch international struggling to find regular first-team action.
He remains the best poacher of goals on the club (today's goal at QPR being Exhibit A), which can be chalked up to his situational awareness, positioning and keen anticipation.
He remains a clear asset to the team, but hasn't been able to find his form, a product of inconsistent minutes on the pitch as well as of the team-wide malaise that has afflicted Liverpool all season.
This season there have been rumblings about his displeasure with the lack of playing time, his agent has said that Kuyt is keen to return to Feyenoord "at some point," with the club's sporting director reciprocating the interest.
Kuyt is under contract through next season, and remains among the more popular players at Anfield. He is way too classy a player to be used on a rotational basis, and while there's a hollow feeling in the gut even thinking of the prospect of him moving on, if that is what's necessary to improve prospects on both parts, then a move needs to be explored.
Have Your Say
If you were in Kenny Dalglish's shoes, which squad players would you move on...and why?
Of the players listed here, which ones do you agree should be sold, or who would you keep...and why?
Earlier versions of this article referred to Jamie Carragher as having played in the 2010 World Cup encounter with Germany. This error has been corrected... thanks to our intrepid readers for bringing this error to our attention.