Liverpool media round-up: Rodgers hopes six depart, including Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli

A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Tuesday morning.

Liverpool may be in Premier League action when they travel to the KC Stadium to take on Hull City tonight, but attentions have already turned to next season, even with five games still to play this term. 

The Liverpool Echo has reported that Brendan Rodgers hopes certain players who haven't been getting regular first team action this season will move on to help swell the club's transfer budget.

They include signings from last summer in Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli, along with Jose Enrique, Fabio Borini and two players currently out on loan in Sebastian Coates and Luis Alberto.

Rodgers is quoted in the local newspaper saying he hopes the players take the opportunity of regular first team football if it arises, saying: “If you haven’t been playing for a sustained period of time then of course it’s something you’ll look at. I’m sure as a player you want to be playing, no matter the greatness of the club or the size of the club. Ultimately, it’s about playing. I’m sure some will be looking to assess that over the summer.”

The same report also says that Steven Gerrard is a doubt for tonight's game on Humberside because of a slight knee injury picked up in the draw against West Bromwich Albion.

Rodgers continued with the theme of looking ahead to next season, and despite a disappointing campaign following last season's improbable run at the title, the Liverpool boss believes he can get his side in a position to challenge for the title once again.

The Echo quotes him, saying: “It’s small in terms of what we need, but it’s key to how we can function.

“If you look at our goals when I first came in here I talked about the need to improve the goal tally, and we did that. And now we’re back at the same situation again where I need to improve and we need find a way to do that.

“If we can do that there’s a greater base there in the team where they understand the principles of how we work. It will be a big summer for us to try to find the right type of player that can come into that. If we do that then we can get back to working how we’ve worked for a lot of the last 18 months.”

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