Liverpool three in, three out: Striker trio targeted, while flops set for sale

Three out:

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Mario Balotelli

After a dismal season where, once again, his attitude came under question, it appears likely that Brendan Rodgers will be keen to shift the controversial Italian. The Daily Express has revealed that Newcastle were linked with a surprising move for the 24-year-old, but Steve McClaren has since denied any interest.

Based on his inability to find any form, you would imagine that the Reds will happy to accept a considerable loss, having paid £16m for him last summer (via Express).

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Rickie Lambert

The Daily Mirror have reported that Rickie Lambert has now accepted that his time at Anfield is over, and may therefore accept a move to West Brom, who are interested in the former Southampton man.

The 33-year-old has struggled in front of goal, but was arguably not given a fair chance in the side. He was often thrown on late in the game, and expected to make a regular impact.

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Raheem Sterling

While things appeared to have gone quiet since Liverpool rejected a second offer from Manchester City for Raheem Sterling (via London Evening Standard), this saga appears to have the legs to run perhaps beyond this window. The Standard have reported that former Red John Aldridge believes that the club should cut their ties with the player – while his value is at its highest, should he not sign a new deal – because they have a ready made replacement in Jordon Ibe.

His off-field behaviour aside, he frustrated supporters quite frequently last season as his end product was often disappointing, and would suggest that he is not ready for a move that could cost £50m, which is what Liverpool want for the winger (via Standard).

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