The Clearance Begins
Liverpool have chosen to conduct their transfer business early, with already five players confirmed to be out of the club before the beginning of pre-season.
First on the list is Anfield misfit Dejan Lovren
, who will join Serie A side Juventus for a fee of reportedly £15 million. Despite joining Liverpool just 11 months ago, Lovren has failed to hold down a place in the first-team, as well as falling out with manager Brendan Rodgers. As a result, both parties were keen to move on with the transfer, and it was completed relatively quickly without issue.
In his time at Liverpool, Lovren only made 18 appearances in all competitions, 10 coming in the Premier League, and will continue his career in Italy with Juve after a rather unforgettable time in Merseyside.
Lovren failed to make much of an impact at Liverpool
Experienced front man Rickie Lambert
follows Lovren out the door, leaving to join Stoke City for a fee of £1 million, the Potters being in desperate need of a striker following the departure of Peter Crouch.
Lambert, like Lovren, joined Liverpool just last summer, but has seen himself pushed back to third-choice striker after Daniel Sturridge and Mario Balotelli. Struggling with frequent injury problems did not help him either, and the 33-year-old managed to score only 1 goal in 5 Premier League appearances. However, his record in all competitions is far more impressive, with 6 goals from 11 appearances.
In November last year, Lambert bagged a hat trick against Steaua in the Champions League, in a brilliant performance that is perhaps the highlight of his short-lived Liverpool career.
He will continue to ply his trade in England and the Premier League, but this time at the Britannia Stadium.
Lambert was a good player on his day, but could not dislodge Sturridge nor Balotelli
The last name, for now at least, is Jose Enrique
, who has been completely edged out of the team by Alberto Moreno. The Spaniard links up with Aston Villa for £3 million, after a fairly underwhelming season for Liverpool where he only made 6 appearances.
Arriving at the club from Newcastle in 2011, Enrique was Liverpool's first-choice at left-back but that has changed in recent years.
Enrique made a total of only 6 appearances in the 2014/15 season
The wing-back was set for a move away in January, with clubs in his native Spain rumored to be interested in offering Enrique a way out, but ultimately stayed to function as a backup option.
Now, his services will be provided to Aston Villa, who are definitely short of quality at left-back.
This is only the beginning of Liverpool's activity in the transfer window, with more deadwood soon to be cleared out of the club. Rodgers is also rumored to be in the market for a striker and a defender to replace Lambert and Lovren respectively, while a new backup goalkeeper is almost a certainty.
However, a name that is certain to excite Liverpool fans is Marco Reus
. The winger had an electrifying season for Dortmund in the Bundesliga, but could be tempted to leave for bigger things, with the Reds apparently ready to activate the £20 million release clause in his contract.