Why Rodgers has to be careful with any Liverpool clear out this summer

Daniel Agger

Liverpool may be looking to improve their squad this summer, but a mass clear out may be detrimental to next year's title hopes.

Recent media reports have been suggesting that Brendan Rodgers is preparing a massive summer clear out in preparation for a new, sustained title challenge from the off next season.

The Guardian mentions that as many as TWELVE Liverpool players will be cut loose by the Reds boss, in what would surely be a huge changing of the guard at the club.

Pepe Reina, Fabio Borini, Oussama Assaidi and Suso have all been on loan and are reportedly available. Victor Moses and Aly Cissokho will be allowed to return to their clubs after their own disappointing loan spells, while defenders Daniel Agger, Martin Kelly, and Sebastián Coates have all featured less than they would have hoped this year. Agger in particular will be a loss mourned by Liverpool fans, with the Dane continuing to look the club's best defender despite a lesser role this season. 

Additionally, last summer's signings Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto, and Kolo Toure have all struggled to improve the squad and may want to move somewhere they will get more playing time.

All in all this will create a healthy transfer income with which Liverpool can improve their squad. But Rodgers should heed a word of warning, such a dramatic alteration to his squad may well come with unwanted consequences.

At least seven of the names mentioned above played a squad role in Liverpool's season, with five featuring regularly. Considering that Rodgers will almost certainly want to bring in a few more players with a little more quality, seven new players coming into a squad is a lot for a club to handle. Just ask Tottenham!

The London outfit signed seven international footballers last summer with the money from selling Gareth Bale. All seven were players of some repute, but none settled immediately after their move, with only Christian Eriksen impressing as the season progressed. As many pundits have said, these players will likely be much improved next season after a year in England, but the mass influx of this group into Tottenham's squad undermined what was the actual strength of the Spurs squad and also arguably unsettled their integration into the team.

Rodgers may be better off seeing the squad change as a two year plan, taking care not to move too many out and replacing them with players facing the challenge of settling in at a new club and country. 

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