3 More Players Liverpool Should Sell / Loan and Their Replacements
I was reminded that there were some players that were left off the list I had written days ago.
For some reason, because they were either not playing at the club or not catching my eye, they were omitted—albeit unintentionally.
Here are three more Liverpool players who I think should be loaned out or sold outright to help propel this historic and fantastic club to a successful 2012-13 season.
My mistake, dear readers, I forgot about Joe Cole until someone reminded me that he still is under the Liverpool payroll.
The English international has spent the 2011-12 season on loan at Ligue 1 side, LOSC Lille Métropole, where he has made 27 appearances and contributed four goals.
He has struggled to replicate his form under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea. Quite notably, his decreasing appearances presented his waning stature at Chelsea and he left for Liverpool, on a free transfer. Even so, he wasn't deemed good enough and was sent to France.
At Lille this season, Cole has made a total of 29 appearances in Ligue 1—that's 20 more than he has made league appearances for Liverpool—and has scored four times for Les Dogues.
Cole seems happy enough playing for Lille. Why not mutually part ways and both parties will end up happy?
I think Stewart Downing is his replacement.
Aurelio hasn't been in many games since he signed a two-year contract with Liverpool after rejecting a pay-as-you-go contract offered by then-manager Rafa Benitez.
Paul Konchesky (remember him?) was brought in as left-back when Roy Hodgson took the managerial seat, but they both have since left, and Jose Enrique was bought from Newcastle United. Since then, Aurelio seems to be on his way out, as Enrique has pretty much made the left-back position his.
Aurelio has made only two appearances for the Reds this season. Two. Once as a starter and once as a substitute. Then again, Aurelio is Liverpool's glass man, having been injured for most of his career.
Jose Enrique—the Spaniard seems to be the starting left-back for Liverpool day in and day out.
The Argentine should be offloaded this transfer window.
One can argue that he's been able to score every time he is on the pitch—like his two goals against Blackburn—but he's becoming more noticeably less aggressive in his play.
Rodriguez can dribble. He can make some intelligent plays. He's also slow and temperamental. He's also a defensive liability. With Glen Johnson making runs up from the Liverpool defensive third, Rodriguez isn't going to drop back and help out with defense. If he does—when he does—it's in the form of a poor tackle, or he bounces off the player. Maxi isn't physically strong and relies on his tricky dribbling to cut into defenses.
Maxi has made just 10 league appearances for the Reds and scored four goals in that time.
He may be a shot of creativity in the midfield but with Dalglish at the helm, Maxi is going to waste. He also doesn't fit in with Liverpool's direction, so we can very well see the Argentine pack his bags this summer.
Liverpool will replace Maxi and instead look for someone who is quicker but just as technically gifted, like Sidney Sam of Bayer Leverkusen. But it looks like Gaston Ramirez is in the spotlight at this hour.
Side Mention: Alberto Aquilani
A lot of people have slated Aquilani as a flop for Liverpool—that he hasn't been able to adapt his play to the English game and because he is on the physically weaker side—and that his loan spells back in Italy spell a future move away from Merseyside.
I haven't seen enough games of Aquilani in a Liverpool shirt to say he is a flop. However, the times I have seen him play, he's demonstrated precise passing and incredible vision.
[Aquilani] did well in those games. But the problem for us was trying to get him in the team. We couldn't get him in the team.
Obviously everybody wants to play and Alberto is moving over to a fantastic football club. He goes there with the best wishes of everyone and we hope it works out for him, because he was never a problem in any way, shape or form.
I think he should come back even if Dalglish says he won't fit in with the team. If we can play him right in the middle in front of the defense, I think we'd have a solid midfield. We're in desperate need of a creative midfielder who can pass the ball (almost) like Xabi Alonso.
Man, we miss our Spanish playmaker.