With the arrivals of Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing this summer, Liverpool are going to have to let some players leave, especially those in midfield. We are now blessed with a wealth of options in midfield following the arrival of our new signings. Dalglish is going to have plenty of combinations and options to pick from which will give him a good headache.
But right now as things stand, there are some midfielders who just have to leave in order to free up our wage bill and for the sake of their own careers as I can not see them getting much game time this coming season.
The first on the list and whom has virtually already left Liverpool after being told he can find a new club this summer is Milan Jovanovic. The Serbia international is close to joining Anderlecht in Belgium which is great for us as we get him off our wage bill.
The second midfielder who needs to be sold but seems to be adamant that he still has a future at Liverpool is Danish midfielder Christian Poulsen. The Dane was a Roy Hodgson signing and he has never looked like a Liverpool player when he is called upon in the middle of the park. The sooner we get rid of him the better as we have Jay Spearing who can fill in as the combative midfielder if Lucas is not available.
The next two are tricky to deal with; Joe Cole and Maxi.
Steve Clarke has come out and said that he believes Cole still has a role to play at Liverpool but I wonder what kind of a role? If Cole stays this coming season, I can not see him getting many games, if anything we could deploy him on the right side of midfield in some games. But does he still have what it takes following all his injuries? Considering that Cole is on a very high wage at Liverpool, I see no point continuing to pay him if he does not play, so if Dalglish firmly believes he does not see a role for Cole then we can sell him and probably get about £3million for him with QPR, Tottenham and Aston Villa reportedly interested in him.
Then we have Maxi. It seemed like Maxi’s Liverpool career was over last season until Dalglish called him back into the starting lineup and he started to score goals for fun. Even this pre-seaon Maxi has continued to score the goals. Maxi is a good option to have in the squad but will Dalglish keep him following the arrivals of the new midfielders? Maxi himself had said that he would consider a move back to Argentina if Liverpool release him from his contract. But the fact that Maxi has now been given a new squad number at Liverpool means that he may still have a future at Liverpool.
Damien Comolli told us that there were going to be a lot of players leaving Liverpool this summer. The clear-out has not started yet but I am sure it is going to gather momentum over the next couple of weeks and I would not be shocked if these four midfielders leave Liverpool this summer.