6 Liverpool Players Who Should Be Sold This Summer
It's that time of the year again; the season is over and attention turns towards the summer transfer window. Forget the World Cup. It's unknown foreign players who have lit up an obscure European league for two months that really gets the modern fan excited.
While Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is looking to invest in three to five quality players, per Ian Herbert of The Independent, he will also look to sell those players who aren't required next season as the club reenter Champions League football for the first time since 2009.
David Maddock of The Daily Mirror reported recently that Rodgers will be given £60 million to spend plus any money raised by sales of players.
That could mean big-name players end up departing Liverpool, with the squad already guaranteed to be strengthened by the returns of several players who spent the 2013/14 campaign out on loan.
Here are six players Rodgers can afford to sell without affecting his squad at Liverpool.
The Spanish forward arrived from Celta Vigo for £7 million last summer but hasn't had the debut season he would have hoped for after finding opportunities limited after a slow start to his career at Anfield.
He looked sharp in preseason but was played an unfamiliar role behind the striker for the opening fixtures. Since then, injury and the form of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have limited the 26-year-old to just six starts all season.
One goal against Oldham in the FA Cup is a disappointing return, and Rodgers could allow Aspas to leave the club after just 12 months. The Telegraph's Chris Bascombe this week listed Aspas as one of the players likely to leave this summer.
With Fabio Borini returning from his loan at Sunderland, Rodgers arguably already has a replacement for Aspas lined up.
Martin Kelly started just twice in 2013/14, both times in the FA Cup, but hasn't made a Premier League start since September 2012 due to injury.
Kelly is now 24 years old, and his struggles with recovering from long-term injury make the chances of him breaking back into the Liverpool squad slim.
For his sake, Kelly would be best off seeking a move to a club where he can become a key player and develop his career.
Pepe Reina's departure to Napoli on loan last summer was met with criticism from some supporters, but he's unlikely to return to Liverpool this summer despite Rodgers speaking of his desire to sign a new goalkeeper this summer.
Brendan Rodgers tells BT Sport he wants another goalkeeper to support the ones he has and to challenge them.— This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) May 14, 2014
Reina has, according to The Guardian, a £4.1 million release clause, and Napoli are keen to make the move permanent.
The Spaniard's wages in particular make it extremely difficult for Liverpool to justify his place as a potential backup to Simon Mignolet.
Moroccan winger Oussama Assaidi has impressed on loan while at Stoke City in 2013/14, but he's unlikely to make a return to Liverpool.
Rodgers is keen to add attacking strength to his side and is now able to shop in a new transfer market after Champions League qualification.
Assaidi is wanted on a permanent deal at Stoke, per Sky Sports, but could also have interest from elsewhere after proving himself as a useful player for a mid-table Premier League club.
Spanish left-back Jose Enrique has been missing for Liverpool since October after suffering a knee injury.
Last summer, Rodgers was looking to sign a new left-back and eventually signed Aly Cissokho on loan, but the Frenchman's time at Anfield isn't going to be made permanent.
Rodgers will look to sign a top-class left-back to solve the position this summer, meaning Enrique would be better off leaving the club.
A new left-back, with returning youngster Jack Robinson and the impressive Jon Flanagan as cover, makes good sense for Liverpool.
Sebastian Coates suffered an ACL injury back in August, meaning he has missed the whole of the 2013/14 season.
He's currently on loan to Nacional back in Uruguay, and has been named in the national side's World Cup squad.
With Rodgers likely to sign a new centre-back this summer and already having Mamadou Sakho, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger and Kolo Toure, Coates is far from likely to return to Liverpool.
If Coates performs at the World Cup, Liverpool get a return on the £5 million they spent on him in 2011.