Liverpool clear out is certain

Liverpool will completely revamp its squad this summer – whether manager Brendan Rodgers is at the helm or not. 

With no trophy arriving at Anfield for the third consecutive season after the shock FA Cup semifinal defeat by Aston Villa, up to 10 players could leave. 

Captain Steven Gerrard is already set to join Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy, and defender Glen Johnson is out of contract and will go on a free transfer.  

Kolo Toure is also out of contract and considering the offer of a new deal.  

Raheem Sterling is embroiled in a contract standoff, with Manchester City at the top of the clubs wanting to sign him, as well as Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal. Juventus is the latest big European club linked with him. 

Martin Skrtel has yet to agree a new contract with Wolfsburg, which is interested in signing the defender. 

Right-back Javi Manquillo looks likely to return to Spain after failing to make an impact, while Mario Balotelli’s $22 million arrival from AC Milan has been a disaster. Liverpool want to offload the troublesome striker, but his $140,000 weekly salary is too high for many clubs.  

Failed strikers Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert could also move on. 

Liverpool is looking for a goalkeeper to replace or put pressure on Simon Mignolet, meaning Brad Jones could be surplus to requirements. 

At least Liverpool fans won’t see the brilliant Jordan Henderson leave after he agreed this week to a new $140,000 per week deal until 2020. 

Henderson’s contract extension follows Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho signing too. 


Jordan Henderson is staying at Anfield. – PHOTO: AP