Following a summer of huge investment, Liverpool's chief concern moving toward transfer deadline day lies in who will be leaving the club.
Brendan Rodgers has hinted that a late clear-out could beckon at Anfield, per the Express' Timothy Abraham, the Reds hoping to sort the wheat from the chaff in the aim of improving upon a terrific 2013-14 campaign.
Figures of varying importance look set to leave Liverpool in the coming days, with both permanent and temporary exits among those moves being mooted.
Daniel Agger's crash through the Merseyside pecking order could come to a head with the defender joining former club Brondby for just £3 million, it's emerged.
Alex Sharp of the Daily Mail reports that Agger could return to his Danish roots eight years after moving to England, quoted in recently stating his uncertainty regarding what the future holds:
The future is complicated. There are a few things that have to be sorted and we have to take it from there. I actually don’t know what will happen. It is a bit up to Liverpool. I have had niggling injuries at the wrong times and I have to say that it is difficult to change the team when it is winning. I am not frustrated by that. I am frustrated the way it happened and the way it was handled.
The £20 million signing of Dejan Lovren this summer has only helped push Agger further from the starting XI, but The Times' James Masters still finds it hard to believe the sum for which the centre-back will supposedly depart:
£3m for Agger is peanuts...can't believe another Premier League team came in for him. Bargain for Brondby. #LFC— James Masters (@Masters_JamesD) August 29, 2014
Should Brondby land their former protege, it would be a major coup for their organisation, but for Agger, it's the realisation of a difficult period in his career, ending in what's ultimately a backwards step.
Jordon Ibe has joined Derby County on a season-long loan deal after Rodgers decided his youngster's growth would be better served away from the Reds' first team.
The Liverpool Echo's Kristian Walsh confirmed the temporary switch, while Liverpool writer Paul Tomkins gives his take on why the transfer will be a positive one for Ibe's career development:
@Rams_View Yeah, and he's now on a PL loan, but is a fair bit older. No point in Ibe being a sub all season at struggling PL club— Paul Tomkins (@paul_tomkins) August 26, 2014
@Rams_View And Derby seem to have a sensible approach to football and can educate Ibe in a good way— Paul Tomkins (@paul_tomkins) August 26, 2014
Back in May, Rodgers spoke highly of the attacker, per Neil Jones of the Liverpool Echo, noting after a 4-0 friendly win over Shamrock Rovers:
He's such a talent. He's 18 years of age, still only a second year scholar. It was interesting, I asked him to do something different here. I played him on the side in the first half, but we switched to a diamond in the second half. I wanted to see him.
It was similar to what I have done with Raheem (Sterling). I wanted to improve his football intelligence, play him in a different position. He played at the top of the diamond and he was excellent. He's got running power, pace, and he has a lovely touch on the ball. He just needs to work on his finishing!
The Northern Irishman will hope to see his starlet return in a season's time as an improved figure, with the Rams hoping to make another run at Championship promotion this term.
Another signing of the Rafa Benitez administration poised for an Anfield exit is Lucas Leiva, whom Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Ben Burrows of the Mirror) says is on the verge of a move to Napoli.
It's been suggested the Naples club will pay €1.8 million to sign Lucas for the 2014-15 campaign on loan, with an option to then purchase for €10 million.
Benitez is believed to be keen on a reunion with the player he signed during his Anfield reign, and Merseyside writer Richard Buxton hints the Spaniard could get the best out of his talents:
Lucas' abilities were often overstated largely due to his links with the Rafael Benitez. @LFC's style of play has evolved massively since.— Richard Buxton (@RichardBuxton_) August 25, 2014
Lucas has slipped in Rodgers' reckoning with Emre Can now emerging as a first-team contender, and Lucas' long foretold departure from the Reds may finally come to fruition in the days to come.