It is never a great situation to be in when you wish for some of our teams players to be sold as early as yesterday but there is currently a lot of dead wood in the Liverpool squad right now who we need to get rid of this summer as they have simply not been good enough or added any value to the team. The longer we continue to hold onto these players the more we are going to be wasting on them in terms of wages and also they will possibly be preventing the emergence of young talent to fill into their positions.
I have highlighted 5 players that I feel must be sold this summer as they have simply not done it for us this season.
1) Milan Jovanovic
The Serbian international arrived on a free transfer at the start of the season after being signed by Rafa Benitez. We all looked forward to seeing him as he was meant to provide the width down the left that the team needed. I kept a close eye on him during the World Cup in South Africa last year when he was playing for Serbia and he looked pretty good.
He got a couple of games in at the start of the season under Roy Hodgson by Jovanovic never really shone at all. Then Dalglish came in and even under Dalglish the Serbian international does not look like an international at all. There is no doubting that Jovanovic has some talent but he has just not delivered in a Liverpool shirt. Surely if he was good enough King Kenny would have seen this and given him a chance.
Considering Liverpool signed Jovanovic for free we can actually benefit by selling him for around £2 million. Jovanovic came out recently and said that he wished Rafa was still in-charge at Liverpool and that he played under him. Maybe he is right and he would have played well under Rafa but that is not the case so I am sorry Milan but he have to go. Getting rid of Jovanovic will also give the likes of Pacheco and Sterling an opportunity to play in the first team next season.
2) Christian Poulsen
What was Roy Hodgson doing signing Poulsen, I have no idea! Poulsen must be one of the worst players I have seen wear a Liverpool shirt. When Hodgson became Liverpool manager he was tasked we bringing in some new players and he decided to sign Poulsen from Juventus for a reported £4.5 million fee. That was £4.5 million wasted in my opinion.
Poulsen came with the reputation of being a tough tackling midfielder and was set to take over from Javier Mascherano. Just like Jovanovic, I kept an eye on Poulsen during the World Cup in South Africa where he played all the games for Denmark and he did not do too badly at all.
But put him in a Liverpool shirt and it seemed like he had no idea how to pass the ball or who to pass it to! The fans turned against Poulsen and Hodgson dropped him. King Kenny came in and it seemed like he was going to give Poulsen a chance and Poulsen featured in a couple of games under Dalglish but the King himself saw that Poulsen was not cutting the grade and rather decided to go with Jay Spearing in midfield.
With Gerrard picking up an injury that ruled him out for the season, one may have thought that Poulsen would have been the one to step into his place but Dalglish did not even consider Poulsen as I am sure he knew it would be a disaster fielding the Danish player, so Dalglish rather stuck with Spearing who has gone on to do well.
If Liverpool can get £2 million for Poulsen this summer, I will be happy, in fact even if we were to let him go for free I would not be disappointed. Poulsen simply has to be sold this summer!
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3) Paul Konchesky
Another Roy Hodgson signing who must be sold. Come to think of it, Roy Hodgson really messed Liverpool up by being the manager and playing with his tactics and signing his average players. Liverpool needed a left-back when Roy Hodgson took over so Roy decides to go back to his old club Fulham and get their left-back, Paul Konchesky.
At first I thought that Konchesky would be a decent signing for Liverpool as he was a pretty solid left-back for Fulham and he even got a call up to the England squad. But ever since he joined Liverpool this season, he has put in one bad performance after the other. That subsequently lead Kenny Dalglish to send Konchesky out on loan to Nottingham Forest for the rest of the season.
To show how bad Konchesky has been, Dalglish opted to send Konchesky out on loan who is an out and out left-back and rather have a right-back in the form of Glen Johnson to play at left-back!
For the £3 million we spent on Konchesky, I feel we should be able to get that same amount back when we sell him this summer. Liverpool will certainly go out and buy a good left-back this summer which will mean Konchesky is surplus to requirements. Young Jack Robinson has come in at left-back now with the injuries Liverpool have had and he has been decent and is certainly one for the future. Even now I will pick Robinson ahead of Konchesky.
4) Sotorios Kyrgiakos
The big Greek defender is not that bad a player at all but I feel for the benefit of the younger defenders at Liverpool, Soto has to be sold so the likes of Danny Wilson and Ayala get a chance to play a center backs for Liverpool as they are the future.
Soto is great when it comes to an aerial battle be it when he is defending or attacking but I feel his positioning at times needs a lot to be desired. I get scared whenever I see a striker running towards Soto as he will most likely foul him or be beaten.
I am sure there will be many clubs who would be after Soto’s signature if we are to sell him. Especially the newly promoted teams in the Premiership, they would benefit from having a hard physical player like Soto in their team.
So for me, Soto to leave to give the younger more promising central defenders a chance in the team.
5) David Ngog
I know there will be some fans who believe that David Ngog should not be sold this summer and that he should stay and provide cover for Suarez and Carroll next season. I disagree.
Ngog has been given a lot of opportunities during his time at Liverpool. He filled in on many occasions when Torres was injured. Although Ngog did not do terribly badly when given the chances to play, he was not exactly prolific in front of goal either. Yes, Ngog is young and has a lot to learn but we cannot continue to rely on a player of Ngog’s ability to be our back up striker when our big guns are injured or out of form. For a striker who has played 90 times for Liverpool and to have scored only 18 goals, that is pretty poor!
We saw it when Torres was injured and Ngog was leading the line, he simply can not deliver regularly. What Liverpool need is to go out and buy another top striker who will provide cover or competition for Suarez and Carroll. Although Ngog is only 22 years old, he has a lot to learn but he should do it away from Liverpool or else we will continue to be disappointed if we put our faith in him.
This article was written by Ron and is courtesy of our partner website ourkop.com
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