Liverpool Transfer News: Deadline Outlook After Brendan Rodgers' Comments

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 30, 2014

PRESTON, LANCASHIRE - JULY 19:  Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers looks on during the pre season friendly match between Preston North End and Liverpool at Deepdale on July 19, 2014 in Preston, Lancashire.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has guided the club through an active transfer period. The window has been highlighted by arrivals like Adam Lallana and Mario Balotelli as well as the departure of Luis Suarez. It appears the marquee moves are likely over, though.

James Carroll of the club's official site passed along comments from the Reds' boss with the transfer deadline looming on Monday. While he didn't rule out further additions, he admitted the main focus will probably be players leaving.

"There'll probably be more movement out than coming in, I would say," Rodgers said. "We've still got offers for players to go. Every player here knows their situation, so if they're here after that deadline on Monday then they've decided to stay but their game time will be very limited.

"At this moment in time, there are not many more to come in, if any."

Liverpool are definitely flooded with players following a busy summer, especially in the midfield and along the back line. Depth is essential, especially with Champions League football ahead, but too many players results in a select group rarely seeing the pitch.

Clearing out the logjam would not only allow those players to get playing time elsewhere, but it would also give the Reds some flexibility. If they need to make a signing or two during the winter window to bolster the squad, they should have the resources.

Among the players who could be heading out is Lucas Leiva. The Brazilian defensive midfielder has been a constant presence for Liverpool since his arrival from Gremio, but with his role likely reduced this season, a short-term switch would make sense.

Alex Richards of the Daily Mirror reported Napoli were closing in on a deal for Lucas. Their failure to advance in the Champions League leaves things up in the air, though:

Italian side Napoli are expecting to complete a loan deal for Lucas Leiva—provided they can secure a spot in the group stages of the Champions League.

Rafa Benitez's side have, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport, agreed a £1.6 million loan fee for the Brazilian, with a permanent option of £8.3 million applicable next summer.

It will be interesting to see whether that deal still goes through or if the Serie A club now backs off.

Sky Sports provides a few more names to keep an eye on as the deadline approaches:

However, fringe players such as Fabio Borini, who is wanted by Sunderland, and Stoke-linked Oussama Assaidi still remain at the club.

Borini is a tough call. The 23-year-old Italian international needs a chance to play regularly to continue his development, but moving him would leave Liverpool with just three striker options. That's cutting it close given the busy slate ahead.

The Reds would be best off bringing in another veteran forward willing to accept a lesser role, but time is obviously an issue. Rodgers will probably be forced to make a late call about whether to send Borini out on loan or keep him for reserve purposes.

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01:  Oussama Assaidi of Stoke City celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Everton at Britannia Stadium on January 1, 2014 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo by
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An Assaidi loan or sale makes sense and would seemingly be easier to complete. He will struggle to see the field regularly, especially once Lallana returns to full fitness. The winger had a solid campaign while on loan with Stoke last season, making a return a logical fit.

Notably absent are rumors linking players to Anfield, suggesting Rodgers wasn't playing coy when he talked about the most likely moves being exits. The only chatter involving the Reds features Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus.

Alas, Alex Harris of the Daily Express reports that's a battle which will have to wait until next summer, with the German expected to stay put for another season.

All told, it certainly sounds like Liverpool are going to experience a relatively quiet deadline. Barring an unexpected push to make one last signing, the extent of the moves is likely to be a couple of minor deals to decrease the squad size slightly.

It's going to take some time to grade Rodgers' efforts this summer. Losing a player the caliber of Suarez is tough to overcome, but Balotelli features plenty of upside if he can remain focused. Dejan Lovren and Lazar Markovic are also promising signings.

Liverpool supporters just shouldn't expect any more marquee names to get added to the list before the window closes.



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