Liverpool strikers Balotelli, Borini and Lambert linked with exits - who will get the best move?

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Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert look as if they could be on their way out of Anfield this summer.

So far this summer, there has been plenty of scrutiny and focus on the potential overhaul of Liverpool's forward line, as outlined in this Liverpool Echo article.

The piece in the Echo also assesses the chances of Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert leaving the club - with the trio appearing to be surplus to requirements at Anfield.

There is a problem with all three of them, though. Their goalscoring record from last season, even if people don't think they were given a fair crack of the whip or a run of games in the side, was poor. Between them, they found the net on eight occasions in all competitions.

Ironically enough, the man that appeared the most for the Reds, and scored the most goals, might be the hardest of the lot to get rid of in Balotelli.

A lot of that will be down to the media circus that follows the Italian around and the subsequent reputation that has been developed as a result. 

The man that has perhaps come out with more credit is Rickie Lambert. After getting his dream move back to his childhood club last summer, he has always been professional, his effort has been first class even when he hasn't been playing regularly - and frankly he has been hard done by on that front. 

Given he has proved himself throughout the Football League, and during his two seasons of regular games at Southampton, he is clearly of a Premier League level, which is why other clubs in the top flight are looking at him. Unfortunately he is not mobile enough for the Reds - even if he was brought in as the 'different option' up front.

Out of the three in this piece, Lambert is probably the one player that Liverpool fans have more time for than anyone else. Being a local lad on top of the effort he puts in, of course, does help. 

Then there's Fabio Borini - who may have earned himself some brownie points at the start of last season by turning down a permanent move away from Anfield in order to have a crack at being a success with the Reds, fully aware of the fact that he wouldn't be first choice.

He has shown, however, that Liverpool is too a high a level for him, but his relative success on loan at Sunderland the season before last, as well as showing he can score goals for Roma in Serie A prior to his arrival on Merseyside, should mean he is in a decent position to get a move to back to his homeland if the opportunity were to arise. But it could be another loan deal. 

Lambert and Borini, it seems, are the more likely to get a better move because of the work ethic they have shown while their chances have been increasingly limited, and they will be limited further given the transfer business that has been done at Anfield so far this summer. 

The problem seems to lie with Balotelli, not just because of his work ethic and the circus that surrounds him, but that he has had so many chances and doesn't seem able to take them. For now his career is at rock bottom, and for a man that commands nearly £100,000 a week in wages, per the Daily Mail, his best chances of moving may well be on loan to a club that doesn't have ambitions of Champions League qualification in the short term. 

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