Aston Villa

The 3 Men Surplus To Kenny’s Requirements

Having spent somewhere in the region of £50m during this summer transfer window, Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish will be looking to trim his squad size and move on some of the ‘deadwood’ he has acquired since taking over at the club.

The signings of Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam, and Stewart Downing provide good reason to think that a number of Liverpool midfielders will be surplus to requirements at Anfield, with three in particular believed to be closest to a move elsewhere.

Joe Cole

After completing a free transfer from Chelsea this time last year, Cole has failed to establish himself in the Liverpool set up and unable to demonstrate the kind of flair and ability that he was once recognised for. Having failed to break in to the first team for most of last season, these new additions to the Liverpool midfield must surely mean the end of a very short spell at Anfield for the 29-year-old.

With a return to West Ham unlikely due to Cole’s wage demands, Aston Villa and Hamburg are reported to be keen on landing the midfielder. Cole is thought to be keen on remaining in England, and a move to Aston Villa would not be seen as a step down in his career at this time, and may even give him the opportunity to rediscover the kind of form that he showed consistently at Chelsea.

 Maxi Rodriguez

Despite a relatively successful end to the 2010/11 campaign, Maxi Rodriguez is likely to be only a fringe player at Liverpool this season and is therefore expected to look elsewhere to play his football. The Argentinean has lacked the consistency required at the top level and, despite scoring two hat-tricks at the back end of the season, was anonymous throughout much of the campaign and unable to influence games as he would have liked.

Now 30, Maxi has expressed his desire to one day return to his boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina, and with an apparent lack of interest from top European clubs, this move could well be on the cards.

 Alberto Aquilani

Aquilani spent last season on loan at Juventus and is believed to have thoroughly enjoyed his spell playing in the Serie A. The Italian signed from Roma at the start of the 2009/10 season, however struggled with injury for much of the season. Roy Hodgson opted to loan the midfielder so that he could improve his match fitness before returning to Liverpool, and Aquilani’s performances in the Serie A has attracted the attention of a number of Italian sides.

Juventus were reportedly interested in resigning Aquilani, however it seems Fiorentia are now leading the race to prize the midfielder away from Anfield. Aquilani established himself as a fans favourite in his short spell at Liverpool, and many will be hoping that Dalglish gives the Italian a chance to prove himself this season. However it is thought that at least once central midfielder must make way for Henderson and Adam, and with Gerrard and Lucas certain to remain at Anfield, Aquilani’s departure may be necessary in order to reduce the wage bill at Liverpool.

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