Liverpool must sell five players, and replace them with these stars

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Brendan Rodgers recruited poorly over the summer, and he has to put that right both in January and in the next summer's transfer window if Liverpool are to start competing at the highest level again.


Mario Balotelli - Where on earth do you start with Mario Balotelli. His £16 million transfer to Liverpool from AC Milan filled the hearts of many of Liverpool fans. Instead of being the replacement so desperately needed for Luis Suarez, Balotelli has disappointed game in, game out. If any suitable offers are received by Liverpool, he should be offloaded as quickly as possible.

Lazar Markovic (Loan) - The Serbian international has massively failed to live up to the £20 million price tag that he carried with him from Benfica. He has been unable to adjust to English football, and if possible, should be given six months out on loan to an English club in order to build experience of the Premier League.

Glen Johnson - The right back has only six months left on his contract, an under no circumstances should he be given an extension by the Merseyside club. It is difficult to remember a match where Johnson has been above average, and he makes far too many mistakes to be trusted in defence for Liverpool. Whether it is for a budget price in January or at the end of his contract, Liverpool must not keep Johnson beyond this season.

Kolo Toure - The Ivorian central defender is another player with only a year left on his contract. Whether he provides back up until the summer when his deal expires, or joins another club in January, his high wages and high profile mistakes are unnecessary to Liverpool.

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Brad Jones - The Reds' back up keeper has done nothing other than occupy the bench and look nothing short of dreadful when he does play in cup games. Brendan Rodgers' side need a goal keeper who will actually provide some competition for Simon Mignolet, which is something that the Australian keeper does not offer, and is why he should be sold.


Charlie Austin - Although he may be a surprise inclusion on this list, Austin is everything that Mario Balotelli is not. He works hard for the team for the full 90 minutes, gets himself into good areas, and most importantly, scores goals. Although Harry Redknapp would be reluctant to let his main striker go, it is unlikely that it would take more money to bring the Englishman into the club than would be received for the sale of Mario Balotelli.

Marco Reus - How many times does his name need to be mentioned in relation to Liverpool before Brendan Rodgers gets the message? The Liverpool faithful are crying out for a new superstar, and there are no better options than the German international. Possibly available for a low value release clause, he would inject some much needed pace and energy into a Liverpool side that has fallen flat in recent weeks. With other clubs being linked to him, Liverpool should make an early move in January to avoid losing out on a massive transfer target.

Micah Richards - If Glen Johnson does see out his contract at Liverpool, then Rodgers should attempt to snap up the on loan Manchester City full back. His dominant displays have been forgotten by City over the last few seasons, and the Anfield club should aim to make a move as soon as his loan deal at Fiorentina expires.

Winston Reid - The West Ham centre back is another player who only has six months remaining on his contract. Any deal involving him signing a pre contract with Liverpool in January would be a very astute piece of business, and he would provide much needed competition to the shaky defensive partnership of Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren.

Victor Valdes - The free agent has been heavily linked with signing a contract at Liverpool as soon as he recovers from his cruciate ligament injury. Although he has been known to make mistakes in the past, he would do a much better job of keeping Simon Mignolet on his toes.

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