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Transfers Out: LB Paul Konchesky, ST Milan Jovanovic, SS Nabil El Zhar, CB Sotiris Kyrgiakos, LB Emiliano Insua, DM Christian Poulsen, ST David N'Gog, RB Philipp Degen, CM Raul Meireles
When I initially reviewed Liverpool's departed players list, I was not pleased.
I believed there was far too much deadwood still lying about the squad following the sales of Konchesky and Jovanovic.
I didn't think that Liverpool would be able to sell all the players they needed to in the coming three weeks. Apparently, I was wrong.
Somehow, Liverpool were able to sell all the players I thought they needed to sell. They also sold some of the players that I was on the fence about but thought should be moved on as well.
Sotiris Kyrgiakos, Christian Poulsen and Philipp Degen all definitely needed to go.
Kyrgiakos and Degen remnants of the Rafa Benitez era of failure, and were doing nothing but eating up wages and struggling to even make the bench. Poulsen, on the other hand, was hands down the worse signing made by Roy Hodgson in his short spell with the club, and until this day no one quite understands why Hodgson thought the Danish midfielder would be a good fit at Anfield.
I wasn't 100 percent convinced Nabil El Zhar, David N'Gog and Emiliano Insua needed to go, but I was fairly certain that it would be best for them to move on.
El Zhar had spent five years on the fringes of the Liverpool squad, and N'Gog had been impressive far too infrequently in his Liverpool career.
Insua's sale was a tad harsh but with three other more capable left backs in the squad it needed to be done.
Miereles' sale to Chelsea was definitely the most controversial move for Liverpool but sometimes it's just an issue of preference with guys like Meireles.
Liverpool are currently loaded with midfielders and if Meireles could hardly get any playing time while Gerrard was injured, he almost surely wasn't going to get any while Gerrard is fit.
And of course, making a profit off a 28-year-old is generally good business. Aquilani's loan move to AC Milan and Joe Cole's loan move to Lille also deserve a mention.
Both are solid moves by Liverpool. Joe Cole needed to be moved as he had no place in the squad.
Aquilani's loan move decreases congestion in the midfield for Liverpool and will likely result in a decent fee for Liverpool if Aquilani succeeds at AC Milan.