For Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers, the current state of affairs simply does not cut it. If the Reds want to compete, they need to revamp their roster immediately.
Liverpool is already 22 points behind Manchester United with only 15 games to go. The team has players who are nothing more than dead weight and it has already received some offers regarding their availability. Liverpool’s response should be very simple: let them go.
Here are three players Rodgers can easily part with this transfer window:
Sebastian Coates, Defender
The latest subject of The Daily Mail’s USELESS column, Coates has only seen action in a total of 10 games since he arrived in Merseyside. After Liverpool’s embarrassing defeat in the FA Cup against Oldham, Coates’ days at Anfield are most definitely numbered.
West Bromwich has already expressed interest (per The Mirror) in acquiring the Uruguayan defender on loan, but Rodgers should make it clear to any club that Coates is available for sale.
He is a liability on the defensive end, and against Oldham, he showed that he is not even a reliable squad player.
Dani Pacheco, Midfielder
Pacheco’s move was foreshadowed back in December when the Spaniard tweeted: “Last game of reserve league till January. Then see what happens in January. Everyone knows it.” Ouch.
Like Coates, Pacheco has barely played since he arrived in 2007, and at 22, he can’t be considered a young talent anymore. He’s been on loan to Norwich and Rayo Vallenciano over the past two years and now it is time to ship him off for good.
He has had five years to prove himself, and clearly, he is not cut out for playing at Anfield.
Oussama Assaidi, Midfielder
The Moroccan international was brought to Anfield after a promising 2011/12 season in Herenveen, where he scored 10 goals in 19 league games. Assaidi has been nowhere near the starting lineup during his time at Liverpool and has only played in three Premier League games.
Assaidi is currently in South Africa for the African Cup of Nations and this could be an opportunity for the winger to impress clubs and attract more suitors.
Liverpool fans should not be worried if Assaidi finds a new club and doesn’t return to Anfield.