Liverpool set sights on Uruguay defender Diego Godin but must clear-out unwanted players first

20 July 2011 09:27
By Rory Smith

10:27AM BST 20 Jul 2011


'We are delighted with the work we have done,' said Dalglish yesterday, confirming that Liverpool's owners, Fenway Sports Group, are not prepared to countenance paying more than £30 million-a-year in salaries to fringe players.

'Whether there are more [to come in] remains to be seen but it depends on whether there are players going out.' Dalglish and his Director of Football, Damien Comolli, will attempt to find buyers for the likes of Brad Jones, Christian Poulsen, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Emiliano Insua, Philipp Degen, Nabil El Zhar and Milan Jovanovic.

The cases of Joe Cole whose £90,000-a-week wages and refusal to consider moving to a smaller club mean he may remain at Anfield and Alberto Aquilani, publicly backed by FSG's principal backer John Henry on Twitter last week, are rather more complicated. 'I'm pleased John is so up to speed on using a social networking site,' said Dalglish of the American's praise of Aquilani. 'We will judge every player on what they do.'

Liverpool are also thought to be prepared to listen to offers for the Portuguese midfielder Raul Meireles, though the club do not wish to make a loss on the £11.7 million paid for the player last summer.

Once that exodus is under way, Dalglish will be able to turn his attentions to strengthening his defensive line. Liverpool still lack a natural left back and have long tracked Newcastle's Jose Enrique, while Godin, the 25-year-old Atletico Madrid central defender, is a leading contender to supplement Jamie Carragher, Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger.

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Source: Telegraph