Michael Owen: Liverpool will struggle to sell Balotelli, Borini and Lambert

The former forward believes the Reds will struggle to offload the likes of Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert in the summer.

Michael Owen has told BT Sport that he believes Liverpool will struggle to sell their forward trio of Rickie Lambert, Fabio Borini and Mario Balotelli when the window of opportunity re-opens.

The Reds are expected to be busy in the summer transfer market, with it being suggested that they need several new forwards as part of a squad revamp - with the ones currently at the club deemed to have fallen short of the required standard.

Daniel Sturridge has spent most of the season on the treatment table, with there now questions being asked of his long-term fitness, while the trio of Lambert, Borini and Balotelli have failed to step up and provide suitable cover for the England man.

Speaking before Liverpool’s game against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, Owen said the club will struggle to sell the aforementioned trio come the summer.

“They’re not going to be able to get rid of three; you’ve got to be realistic about it,” he said.

“Lambert, Borini and Balotelli, you won’t be able to do it, you’d do well to get rid of two of them.”

The former Liverpool and Manchester United forward has, however, defended the forwards, saying that they are not bad players but simply aren’t suited to Liverpool’s style of play.

Borini and Lambert have impressed elsewhere in the Premier League, with Sunderland and Southampton respectively, but Balotelli doesn’t look up to the high-tempo demands of manager Brendan Rodgers.

And that, as far as Owen is concerned, is their biggest problem.

“I think the strikers they’ve got aren’t bad in certain teams; Balotelli and Lambert just aren’t suited to the Liverpool style of the play,” he added.

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