One week into this summer's transfer window and it seems as though Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers have just about completed his squad overhaul, following last season's disappointing campaign.
Firmino, Milner, Ings, Clyne, Gomez, Bogdan and Barcelona wonderkid Bobby Adekanye have all bought into Brendan Rodgers' plans for the present and future of Liverpool FC, and it seems as though there is just one more incoming transfer to complete, and that is a big name striker, whoever it may be. It could be Christian Benteke from Aston Villa, but we shall just have to wait and see.
The big question all Liverpool fans are now asking is how many players will be leaving Anfield this summer.
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All of Rodgers' transfer dealings so far have been incoming, but surely the club will now have to offload some players, to balance the books and make way for the new recruits. The likes of Balotelli, Lambert, Manquillo, Borini, Lucas and Jose Enrique have all been mentioned as players who will probably be leaving Anfield this summer, and between them they may fetch Liverpool somewhere in the region of £20 million. Given that Liverpool have spent £29 million on one player (Robert Firmino) that does leave a shortfall however.
One player, who has yet to be mentioned in this article, is of course Raheem Sterling. Liverpool have said that they will not sell him for less than £50 million, and if they get that fee for him, then they will be well in credit from their dealings. The big question everyone is asking though, is does Liverpool actually want to sell him? True, he is not the finished article, but he is a special talent who can only get better if handled properly.
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FSG, Liverpool's owners, have a history of playing hardball with clubs and agents when going through the transfer process, as I am sure Arsenal and Luis Suarez would confirm. It is entirely possible that Liverpool have done their transfer dealings this summer without the need to use any money coming in from the transfer of Sterling.
It could be a risky call, keeping a player who is supposedly unhappy, or so his agent says, but Sterling still has two years to run of his current contract, and there is little doubt that if the club say a firm no to any transfer, then Sterling will have to stay at Anfield.
If that happens, with Euro 2016 just around the corner, Sterling is not going to want ruin his chances of appearing in that tournament, so it might just be that he could have a stellar season as the big name striker that Liverpool are looking for, and his value will increase considerably and Liverpool will sell him next summer for a bigger fee. That is of course, if he is still unhappy at Anfield.
How badly has Raheem Sterling damaged his reputation this summer?
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