After Liverpool’s disagreeable season it was inevitable that rumours of players exiting Anfield would be rife.
A player could either request a transfer from Rafa Benitez, or alternatively other teams could show interest in signing a respected Liverpool talent.
Today we hear the news that Inter Milan are on the hunt for a world class midfielder. Subsequently their manager Jose Mourinho is rumoured to be launching a summer bid for Steven Gerrard.
The Italian is not in the dark on the English players credentials. We must not forget that he witnessed the players talents on various occasions against Chelsea and even set up a bid in 2004 to sign the player.
That attempt was met aggressively by Liverpool fans, leading to Gerrard receiving alarming death threats from those who opposed the move.
On that occasion Gerrard proclaimed that he was fully behind the Liverpool team and had no intentions of leaving the Kop. This ideal seemed born more out of optimism for trophy triumphs, but still included a staunch showing of loyalty to his following supporters.
Whether or not the likes of Gerrard or Torres could be swayed away from Anfield at the climax of the season is yet to be seen. Failure to secure fourth could see them both leave.
Liverpool could then be a team in free fall if their owners again refuse to supply the funds to improve the squad.
I cant help but feel that the potential acquisition of key players by others seems like a massive scavenger hunt.
Rivals are looking at Liverpool as a sinking ship. Any deserving survivors are to be offered a credible lifeline to further their careers.
Isn't this though just a premature reaction to Liverpool’s lacklustre season? It is only one season after all. Liverpool could ultimately reverse their fortunes in the 2010/11 season. They have done so before, and so can again.
Any Kop fan though is struck with a definite fear that the team could be lead to collapse if Gerrard and Torres exit. Rival teams would obviously relish this idea. The deflation of one of their main rivals would be a welcome occurrence.
Probably the most important factor is the players themselves. Do Gerrard and Torres see a reason to stay at a club that seems so far away from where they want to be?
Can they see the team bounce back to its previous seasons form which saw them almost halt Manchester United’s title win?
It is for the players to decide whether they have enough self belief in their own capabilities and also in their teams ability to perform overall. As a collective they will question the prospects of reigniting the Premiership challenge. If they decide that the fight is too out of reach then understandably they will contemplate an exit.
If the players decide for themselves in which direction they want to head, and if this decision is to stay at Anfield then the rumours of interested teams will be squashed.
From a Liverpool supporters perspective this is the outcome we crave, and one that would be met with enormous satisfaction.