Liverpool to back Rodgers as further squad clear-out looms

Brendan Rodgers will step up his attempts to clear the expensive dead wood from the Liverpool squad in January, with the Daily Telegraph reporting that the manager will be supported in his efforts by the club’s board as players such as Joe Cole, Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson and Jose Enrique are to be allowed to leave Anfield.

The likes of Cole, Downing, Henderson and Enrique are all free to find other clubs in the winter transfer window, the newspaper adds, yet it is expected to prove difficult to offload the unwanted players due to their long contracts and expensive wages. Cole alone is earning £5m a year for the duration of his four-year contract.

Fenway Sports Group, the owners of Liverpool, will provide funds for Rodgers to replenish his squad but it is not expected to be an amount considered a fortune, although the manager would be free to spend whatever he recoups by offloading the costly flops signed by past managers.

In a damning indictment of Kenny Dalglish’s reign as manager, the Telegraph claims, the only two players signed by the former boss who Rodgers wants at the club are Luis Suarez and Sebastian Coates. The rest have been sold, loaned out or are no longer wanted by the new regime.

Using the figures supplied by the Telegraph, it is estimated that Dalglish spent £89m on transfer fees alone for Downing, Henderson, Carroll, Enrique and Charlie Adam, which the newspaper claims is “evidence of the most wasteful era of spending in Anfield and, perhaps, Premier League history.

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