Once again the January transfer window has ignited speculation surrounding Liverpool Football Club. Unlike many of the top teams in the Premier League, Liverpool regularly do business during the notoriously speculative transfer period, with varying degrees of success. Despite the likes of Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Javier Mascherano having all been signed in January, the ill-fated £35m transfer of Andy Carroll from Newcastle remains a constant reminder that spending big in January remains a risky policy for clubs.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has consistently reiterated the need to ‘reinforce in January’ whilst at the same time insisting that there will be no January exits from the club. Speaking to the clubs official website Rodgers has been quoted as saying ‘[in terms of] players going, we don't have to move anyone out.’
However, with the likes of Martin Montoya, Pedro, Ryan Bertrand and Javier Pastore all heavily linked to the club, the question remains if Liverpool can afford to make high profile additions without offloading some of their fringe players. Below are three possible exits from the club:
Valencia - Loan
Despite singing for £7.2m from Celta Vigo the Spaniard has failed to break into the impressive Liverpool midfield, making only eleven first team appearances. Valencia are rumoured to be interested in offering the 26 year old a route back to Spain, taking him on loan until the end of the season.
Stoke City – Permanent Deal
Currently out on loan at Stoke City, Assaidi has impressed - netting for times since his summer move away from Anfield. The Moroccan has been quoted as saying he is unsure of his future at Liverpool and is ‘very happy’ at Stoke, which could convince Potters boss Mark Hughes to make a bid for the winger. In the unlikely event that Brendan Rodgers would allow the 25 year old to make the move permanent it would cost Stoke at least the £2.4m Liverpool paid SC Heerenveen in 2012.
Swansea City – Loan
League Cup holders Swansea City are amongst a number of clubs interested in taking the impressive England international on loan until the end of the season. Despite performing well this season alongside Luis Suarez, Sterling could be pushed down the pecking order at Anfield with the imminent return of Daniel Sturridge and the arrival of January signings. Three goals in seven appearances is rumoured to have attracted Michael Laudrup and Swansea, who are short on attacking talent due to the long term injury to last season’s top scorer, Michu.