Liverpool Transfer Talk: Players They Must Send Packing

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With the January transfer window approaching, clubs across Europe are being linked with moves for new players. But what about clearing away the old?

Like most big clubs, Liverpool have a number of players on the books that might be ready for a change in scenery. When the transfer window reopens, the Reds could be looking to make a deal.

Winger Stewart Downing joined Liverpool in 2011 in a deal worth a reported £20 million (via The Guardian). He did not score a goal or register an assist last season, and over the weekend he played a full-back in Brendan Rodgers’ side.

With the Rodgers era in full swing, Downing represents a link to the days of overspending under Kenny Dalglish. A move away from Anfield might be in the cards, and Downing’s old club Middlesbrough are reportedly interested in a loan deal (via Daily Mail).

Midfielder Joe Cole rejoined Liverpool this season after spending last season on loan with Lille. He has barely played under Rodgers, and at age 31, Cole could and should be looking for first-team football.

Finally, forward Andy Carroll joined West Ham on loan in the summer. The England international never really fit at Liverpool, and he seems to be a better fit with the Hammers. When the loan deal is finished, a permanent move might free up some money with which Rodgers could buy a new forward.

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