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Rodgers Expects More Departures Before Window Closes

Rodgers has revealed the entirely unsurprising fact that more players will leave the club before the summer transfer window swings shut.

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Speaking at his pre-Bournemouth presser, Brendan Rodgers confirmed what many already knew: the shake-ups aren't finished at Liverpool.

"I think it’s natural at this stage of the season, there will be moves I’m sure for some players," he said. "What’s clear is that every player has the understanding of exactly where they stand within the squad. The spirit is strong, it’s fine but of course it's a difficult situation because of the transfer market and it’s still open until the end of this month.

"There’s always going to be that speculation but I’m sure there will be some movement, obviously, of some of the players that want to play."

Rodgers has made it clear not just to the players, but to anyone playing attention, who he considers excess to requirements this season. Several players have been frozen out of the team in the last few weeks.

It has been strongly rumored that Lucas Leiva is being shopped to other clubs without plans for a replacement to be brought in for his position at defensive midfield. This has upset many fans who still believe that the loyal Brazilian could prove an important player for the team this season. And regardless of opinions on Lucas in particular, most believe that Liverpool should have at least one defensive midfield specialist at their disposal -- though that sentiment does not appear to be shared by the Liverpool manager.

Less controversial are the potential departures of the Italian duo Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini. Balotelli has been linked to a move back to Italy after only completing one year of his three year contract. Meanwhile reports say that Sunderland have renewed their interest in Borini, despite the fact that the player had rebuffed their advances last season. Liverpool are unlikely to be able to extort another £14m bid this time around, but the move would be a good one for all involved. Sunderland have a very real chance of being relegated this season, and Borini performed well there during a loan spell in 2013-2014.

The final player with their Liverpool future in doubt is Jose Enrique, who is basically claiming squatter's rights at this point. The inconsistent and injury-prone left back only featured in nine games in all competitions last season, and hasn't seen any action since January. He has vowed to stay and fight for his place despite the fact that Joe Gomez and Alberto Moreno are ahead of him in his position. He is also on the last year of his contract, so if Liverpool want to get any of their money back, this is their last season to do so. While he has been linked with a move to West Brom, it is equally likely that we will see Enrique go on a free come next summer. If, however, Liverpool's transfer committee can recoup any money for him, that achievement for would be on par with the highway robbery of getting  Coutinho from Inter Milan for £8m.

Finally, while Liverpool have reportedly turned down a loan bid from AS Roma for Mamadou Sakho, the player is likely not for sale in this window and won't be one of the players shifted this summer.

Two weeks remain left in the transfer window, and it appears that there's still plenty of work to be done for the Liverpool transfer committee.

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