Mark Lawrenson has suggested that Liverpool should sell Fabio Borini and Mario Balotelli in the January transfer window.
While Borini is the club’s fourth-choice striker and has been sparingly used so far this season, Balotelli’s poor form means that he has been consistently linked with a move away from Anfield.
Italy international Borini has been on the books of Liverpool since 2012, but his lack of progress and ability to add much to the squad could see him leave the Reds either in January or next summer.
Balotelli was signed from AC Milan in the summer transfer window for a reported fee of £16 million, but his failure to score goals (and injury) has seen him struggle for playing time recently.
With first-choice striker Daniel Sturridge out injured, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has recently started using winger Raheem Sterling as a striker.
The England international has done a good job so far, and speculation has increased on the future of Borini and Balotelli.
“They are obviously still awaiting the return of Daniel Sturridge from injury and possibly the arrival of a couple of new faces in January, although Reds boss Brendan Rodgers might have to sell before he can buy,” former Liverpool defender Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“If he can get good money for Fabio Borini and Mario Balotelli then that would be great. There will not be any major surgery to the Reds' squad though.”
Liverpool manager Rodgers has played down suggestions that Balotelli could be offloaded next month, and one suspects that the Italy international will be kept on until the end of the season at least.
As poor as Balotelli has been so far this campaign, he does add numbers to the squad. The 24-year-old gives Rodgers an option and could prove useful as the season progresses.