Robbie Savage: If I were Lambert or Borini, I would think my number is up

The pundit feels the FA Cup semi-final was not a good sign for the Liverpool duo's futures.

Robbie Savage believes Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini may have to be fearful over their Liverpool futures in the wake of the Reds' FA Cup semi-final defeat to Aston Villa, according to his regular column in the Daily Mirror.

Indeed, Savage feels the fact Mario Balotelli was introduced and not Lambert or Borini against Aston Villa spoke volumes for their futures at the club.

Neither have made a significant enough impact since moving to Anfield, with Borini failing to impose himself up front while also suffering from a string of injuries. The signing of Lambert, meanwhile, has created more questions than answers.

The pundit and former Premier League midfielder said of the pair: "If I was Rickie Lambert or Fabio Borini sitting on the bench and Mario Balotelli was thrown on ahead of me in a cup semi-final after the season he’s had, I would think my number was up.

"Whoever plays up front in the famous red shirt next season, they will need to show more bottle on the big occasion than Liverpool have managed of late."

After Liverpool's disappointing campaign this time around, the prospect of a top-four finish looks highly unlikely and focus turns to next season.

The summer will be crucial in terms of making the Reds more successful next term but, given the track record of the current owners and manager, how much they can achieve is very much up for debate - if not a forgone conclusion (not a good one).

There was, however, good news recently in the extension of Jordan Henderson's contract.

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