Glen Johnson and 6 Liverpool Players Who Should Be Sold This Summer

By , Featured Columnist Jul 24, 2014

Glen Johnson and 6 Liverpool Players Who Should Be Sold This Summer

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Flush with cash from Luis Suarez’s big-money move to Barcelona earlier in July, Liverpool are understandably linked with players right, left and center this summer transfer window, having already splashed out on a few new signings.

But as they plan ahead for the coming Premier League season, the Reds will be keeping an eye on their balance sheet and looking to bolster their coffers by letting go of several players currently on their books.

Let’s take a look at six players that Liverpool should sell this summer. Let us know your picks in the comments below.

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Philippe Coutinho Makes Early Case as Liverpool Construct Their New-Look Attack

By , Liverpool Correspondent Jul 24, 2014

Philippe Coutinho Makes Early Case as Liverpool Construct Their New-Look Attack

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Liverpool had their third preseason friendly of the summer in Boston on Wednesday night, suffering a 1-0 defeat to AS Roma after Daniel Agger’s last-minute own goal.

A preseason defeat should never cause great concern, especially when you take into account the amount of first-team players that were missing from Brendan Rodgers’ side. The majority of his World Cup players only returned to training on Monday.

What these first three matches have given, though, is the opportunity for those players who weren’t in Brazil to impress the boss ahead of the new season.

Liverpool’s best performer across the games against Brondby, Preston and Roma has been one of those players omitted from his country’s national squad for the World Cup—Brazilian Philippe Coutinho.

“Coutinho is the brain in our team, the continuity player,” praised Rodgers after the Roma match, according to Chris Shaw of the official LFC website.


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“He is the one that gets the team ticking, gets the movement in front of the ball,” Rodgers continued. “He goes and gets on the ball. He’s a fantastic talent for such a young player and he’s still gaining his fitness.”

Operating in midfield alongside Joe Allen and Lucas Leiva for most of his time during these three games, Coutinho has been afforded the freedom to express himself and be the creative spark in the team.

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How will Lovren improve the Liverpool defence? Stats Analysis

Jul 24, 2014

Liverpool have been heavily linked to Southampton’s Dejan Lovren with the player telling his manager Ronald Koeman that he wants to join Liverpool.


The Reds finished second in Premier League last season, having been top of the league with just three games of the season left. They ultimately lost out to Manchester City and on the balance of the season, deservedly so.

Although they scored a remarkable 101 goals, just one less than City, they conceded an atrocious 50 goals. In comparison, Brendan Rodgers’ side conceded 43 in his first season and 40 in the season before, when Kenny Dalglish was the manager. Only Spurs conceded more (51) in the top eight teams last season.

They managed to keep just 10 cleansheets in 38 games (less than 10 other teams including the relegated Norwich) and 66% of their matches involved both teams scoring (highest amongst all 20 teams).

The need of the hour is to shore up a shaky defence which proved to be the Achilles heel of a side that came so close to winning the league. Only Tottenham (21) committed more mistakes that directly led to opposition goals this season than Liverpool (13).

Rodgers’ team plays a high line which involves energetic closing down of the opposition as they hunt in packs. The fullbacks push forward and the defenders have to be quick as they are susceptible to counters and there are a lot of open spaces to be covered. Lovren had an astonishing top speed of 31.8 km/h at the World Cup which was the joint 18th and equal to that of Neymar!

Blueprint of Brendan Rodgers’ 4-3-3
Liverpool.formation in possession How will Lovren improve the Liverpool defence? Stats Analysis

Rodgers likes to have multiple tiers in his formation with players assigned to each zone in order to play fluid passing football. The two centrebacks take up their position in the 2nd zone. Their role is expected to be that of ball playing defenders who are quick in 1 on 1 situations

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Rodgers’ faith in Gerrard’s future

25th Jul 2014 – Latest News

Rodgers' faith in Gerrard's future

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Sterling: I have to prove myself again

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New Anfield contract for Steven Gerrard a formality, says Brendan Rodgers

Jul 24, 2014 22:32


Skipper in final year of current deal but will soon sign a 12-month extension

Steven Gerrard

Brendan Rodgers says a new contract for Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard is a formality this summer.

The talismanic midfielder has entered the final year of his current deal but the manager expects Gerrard to soon pen a 12-month extension.

The 34-year-old retired from international football earlier this week in order to focus on his club commitments and Rodgers believes he still has a huge amount left to offer at the highest level.

“I am very happy that Steven is now going to commit to Liverpool and I am sure that (his contract) is something that we will look at,” Rodgers said.

“He is in real good condition and I’m sure it is something that will happen at some point.

“Listen, for his own mind, I’m sure he will want it sorted out, absolutely. You never want to leave players with not too long to go on their contract.

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Henry: Time was right to sell Suarez

Posted by Mike Whalley

ESPN FC’s Alejandro Moreno explains why Uruguay defends Luis Suarez no matter what.

Liverpool owner John W Henry insists the decision to sell Luis Suarez was the right one — and that the club will cope without him this season.

Uruguay international Suarez completed a 75 million pounds move to Barcelona last week, less than a month after being involved in the third biting controversy of his career.

The 27-year-old was banned from all football activity by FIFA for four months after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup match in the Brazilian city of Natal on June 24. Suarez has the option to go to the Court for Arbitration in Sport to challenge the ban, though, and reports in Spain suggest that a date has been set for an appeal hearing.

The striker sparked a similar controversy in April 2013, when he was banned for 10 domestic matches for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during a Premier League match at Anfield. Suarez gave several interviews that summer stating that he wanted to leave Liverpool, but Henry responded in August 2013 by insisting: “We are not going to sell Luis.”


Asked why the striker had been allowed to leave this summer, Henry told NBC: “I felt we needed more depth [in the squad]. Last year, we needed more depth, and we’re playing a lot more games this year.

“It was time for Luis and time for the club to make a break. He brought so much to the team, but I think that we brought a lot to Luis. I think you’ll still see a very explosive offence [attack].”

Liverpool, who were not involved in European competition, played only 43 competitive matches last season as they finished second in the Premier League. This season, having qualified for the Champions League group stages, they will play a minimum of 45 matches even if they go out of every cup competition at the first possible hurdle. With any significant run in the Champions League, FA Cup or Capital One Cup, the Reds could well end up playing between 50 and 60 competitive games.

Henry said: “This year, we’re not just focusing on the Premier League, but it’s the first time we’ve been in the Champions League for a while, so that’s a huge focus for us.  We’ve brought in a lot more depth, we hope to be able to compete in both arenas.” 

Manager Brendan Rodgers, who has brought in Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Lazar Markovic so far this summer, is expected to confirm the signing of striker Loic Remy from QPR on Friday.

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