Who would you like to see Liverpool move for this summer?
With rumours continuing to circle regarding Raheem Sterling’s future, one former Liverpool player has turned his eye to the upcoming summer transfer window, where the Reds would of course be able to spend the huge profit they would make from any such sale.
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Phil Thompson, who was quoted by the Daily Star, wants us to sign Gonzalo Higuain, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Edinson Cavani, while also allowing Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini to depart.
He told reporters: “There will be quite a few offloaded and Rodgers might have a bit of a clear out.
“I think it will be very difficult for Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini to remain and, whether the club want to move them on or not, I think they’re going to want to seek pastures new.
“Burnley’s Danny Ings doesn’t have the experience to carry that weight and I think Brendan Rodgers needs to bring in a more established striker.
“Gonzalo Higuain, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Edinson Cavani or somebody of that ilk is required, which means Liverpool are going to have to spend big to be considered title contenders next season.”
The trio of current Liverpool stars he mentions have certainly endured a difficult season at Anfield, with just a handful of goals between them across five different competitions.
Balotelli, who joined us last summer in a £16m move from AC Milan, has managed to net just four times, with only one of those coming in the Premier League – against Tottenham Hotspur in February.
Lambert, another summer signing, this time from Southampton, has only managed three goals, while Borini – who returned from a loan spell at Sunderland at the start of the season – has struck just once.
In contrast, Napoli forward Higuain has played a key role for his manager, former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez, so far this season, scoring 23 times in all competitions.
PSG pair Cavani and Lavezzi have also enjoyed plenty of success, scoring 19 goals between them, although their futures at the club have been heavily questioned since last summer – leaving them open to possible moves.
Nonetheless, considering the hefty cost likely to come with bringing in the trio, Thompson perhaps needs to be slightly more realistic with his expectations.