Writer: Gavin Kelley-Day
Date:Wednesday June 11 2014
It's been a quiet few days with regards to possible incomings but speculation has been circulating around the future of a number of existing players...
Kop boss Brendan Rodgers is continuing to work hard to improve his squad ahead of next season and Spanish left-back Alberto Moreno is still expected to join recent signings Rickie Lambert and Emre Can on Merseyside imminently.
Elsewhere there is little else to report on the incomings front with legitimate new rumours scarce and the high-profile move for Southampton's Adam Lallana seemingly at an impasse until the Saints appoint a new manager.
There has been some movement in terms of players departing Anfield though with youngsters Suso, Luis Alberto and Samed Yesil all apparently nearing moves away, the latter two initially on loan.
Other players the club are believed to be openly entertaining offers for include Pepe Reina, Iago Aspas, Oussama Assaidi, Conor Coady and Jack Robinson.
According to well-placed reports emanating from Portugal and subsequently carried in the UK by the likes of The Independent, Suso, who had originally been offered to Sevilla as part of the Moreno offer, now looks bound for FC Porto.
With just one year left on his existing contract, both club and player are keen to resolve the uncertainty and despite admitting his preference to stay, Suso is open to the switch.
"My priority is to stay here, but Porto is an excellent option if I leave Liverpool," the attacking midfielder is quoted as saying by a number of publications. "I know there's negotiations.
"Porto are the best club in Portugal and they have faith in their youngsters. They also have a coach I like working with [former Spain U19, U20 and U21 boss Julen Lopetegui].
"I will only renew with Liverpool if I'm guaranteed I'll play regularly. The option is clear if I don't renew: let me leave. I think Liverpool thinks the same. They won't let me leave on a free in a year if I don't renew. Let see what happens."
Although a highly-rated talent, the chances of Suso seeing the regular game time he craves with the Reds seems remote and therefore a permanent departure does look increasingly inevitable.
The Spaniard, who has made 20 first team appearances since joining the Academy in 2010, spent last season on loan at La Liga outfit Almeria and scored three times in 33 appearances.
Fellow 20-year-old Yesil, a German youth international striker who signed from Bayer Leverkusen for £1million in 2012, has endured an injured plagued two years with Liverpool.
Two League Cup appearances during the 2012-13 campaign are the sum total of his first team involvement to date and a temporary switch to Trabzonspor could be near to completion with the player currently in Turkey for talks.
Despite being born in Dusseldorf, Yesil has Turkish parents and would therefore be eligible to play with a domestic player status, making him a desirable proposition for a number of the country's leading sides.
However, in an interview with Turkish newspaper Sabah, Yesil has revealed his unequivocal preference for the 'Black Sea Storm'.
"If I was to play in Turkey it would be for Trabzonspor," he states.
A season-long loan deal could be tied up this week but his longer term future remains unclear.
Alberto, 21, is another moving towards the exit door according to the Liverpool ECHO, temporarily at least, with both Almeria and Malaga interested in a loan deal.
Signed for £6million last summer, Alberto managed just 12 appearances during his debut campaign and the majority of those were merely brief substitute outings.
Although evidently technically proficient, many observers have questioned whether he has the physicality need to thrive in the Premier League.
Speaking previously, Rodgers maintained the former Sevilla and Barcelona B man would still prove his worth in the future.
"He's still a very young player and he does have quality," said the Northern Irishman back in April. "It shows you the level of where we are at.
"It was a signing for the long term, that was the idea. He's a young player who has come in and sampled life at a big club and made a contribution."
Liverpool's impressive form last term means it will be doubly difficult for the players who were used sparingly or out on loan to force their way into contention next season. The club has already purchased a couple of new players and a number more will probably follow, meaning many of the current personnel will fall even further down the pecking order. Having enough players to cope with the return of the Champions League but not so many that it creates a bloated and unhappy squad is going to be a tough juggling act. None of the eight players named are likely to be missed however, regardless of the undoubted ability of some of them. The money from the sales of the likes of Suso, Reina and Assaidi, not to mention the savings in wages, could also prove vital in securing targets and thus giving the group a better balance in the key areas identified for strengthening.
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Date:Wednesday June 11 2014
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