Michael Owen reacts to Liverpool signing Firmino, says these three players likely to be sold

Michael Owen is excited about the possibilities at Liverpool next season.

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen expects the signing of Roberto Firmino to accelerate the departure of three players at the club.

Liverpool announced an agreement to their official website for the attacking midfielder, subject to medical with Firmino currently playing at the Copa America.

Owen subsequently expressed his view on the deal and repercussions, aligned with the club's other transfer business this summer.

He wrote on his SportLobster page: "Transfer market hotting up. Firmino to Liverpool is a biggy. With Sturridge and Origi in place, you'd have to think the likes of Borini, Lambert and Balotelli will be surplus to requirements."

Liverpool's forgotten striker

Owen is right to throw Divock Origi into the mix, with the Belgian finally aiming to make an impact at the club next season after spending a year back on loan with Lille.

Origi could be one of the real beneficiaries playing alongside Firmino, who has reached double figures in assists for both of the past Bundesliga seasons.

What next for Borini, Lambert and Balotelli

Liverpool will have competition for place next season if everybody can stay healthy, but they are still dependent on Daniel Sturridge doing so - which he could not in 2014/15.

Origi is an unknown quantity who while welcome they cannot assume will hit the ground running, and while Borini, Lambert and Balotelli floundered last season, with Firmino supplying the passes, their chances of success will increase.

It is unlikely all three remain at Liverpool next season, but would also be surprising if they shipped out all of them. Fabio Borini is most likely to go, while Lambert and Balotelli's futures will depend on their desire to stay, and the sort of offers which come in.

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