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Liverpool ready to cull 14 players to raise £30m transfer kitty

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Brendan Rodgers is planning a significant overhaul of his first-team squad, with as many as 14 players set to leave Anfield this summer, as the Liverpool manager looks to raise £30 million in transfer funds for the forthcoming window.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Daniel Agger and Lucas Leiva are the most high-profile stars linked with a departure, while veteran goalkeeper Pepe Reina - who spent the 2013/14 campaign on loan at Napoli - is also expected to quit Merseyside permanently before the start of next season.

Victor Moses and Aly Cissokho, who joined Liverpool on loan from Chelsea and Valencia, will return to their parent clubs having failed to make a significant impact during their time with the Reds. Rodgers has shown no interest in retaining either player's services.

Meanwhile, Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto - two players that arrived in England last summer but failed to break into the senior team - have both been made available for transfer, as have a trio of Liverpool academy graduates Conor Coady, Jack Robinson and Martin Kelly providing the price is right.

The likes of Fabio Borini and Oussama Assaidi, who both excelled on loan at Sunderland and Stoke City, could also be sold for a combined figure in excess of £10million. However, it's the potential sales of Agger and Lucas that should prove the most lucrative for Liverpool.

Despite the possible high number of departures, Rodgers has already stressed that he will prioritise quality over quantity when it comes to incoming players this summer, as the Northern Irishman looks to build on the club's impressive second place finish in the Premier League this term.

One player that will not be leaving - even if continues speculation seems to suggest otherwise - is Luis Suarez, with the Merseyside club having successfully secured qualification for the Champions League in 2014/15, which should be enough to convince the Uruguayan striker to stay put for at least another season.

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