Firstly, I believe the new Liverpool manager should continue to the clear out the club's dead wood and selling Dirk Kuyt was the perfect way to start swinging the axe. While Kuyt has been a great servant for The Reds, he has never really done enough and with age no longer on his side, it was time for him to go. Next I would let Maxi Rodriguez leave, never been a first team regular for Liverpool and at 31, never will be. Other casualties could include Charlie Adam, who could perhaps play a part as an average squad player but never has quite looked like the part. Jay Spearing is another player I would look to move on, just doesn't have enough ability or potential to play for a club of Liverpool's stature. I also struggle to see where Craig Bellamy will come into Rodger's plans, so I wouldn't be surprised if the gaffer was looking to sell him now, while he is still worth a little bit.
Some people will suggest cutting losses on Henderson, Carroll and Downing. To some people's disbelief, I think both Henderson and Downing should be given another season. Based on what I have seen of Henderson so far, I would say, he hasn't been out of this world, technically or otherwise but there have been glimpses and still has bags full of energy. Hopefully with a bit of Rodgers's magic and patience from the fans, he will develop and improve his ability on the ball and also his decision making.
Stewart Downing on the other hand, has shown in the past how good he can be, with an excellent spell at Villa the season before he joined Liverpool. Sadly, he arguably turned out to be the flop of the following season with not a single goal or assist in the entire league campaign. Perhaps he will flourish under the new gaffer as Rodgers did get the absolute best out of Nathan Dyer and Chelsea reject Scott Sinclair at Swansea! So as Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool manager and what we have seen from Downing for past clubs, I'd say he is worth the risk of another season. After all, he surely can't do any worse than last year?
As for Andy Carroll, there has been great speculation linking him with a loan move to AC Milan. I can see this benefiting Andy's development immensely. For starters, he will be training and playing along side a player who is similar in size but has excellent technical ability and is arguably one of the best strikers in the world. I think Carroll could learn a lot from frequently watching and playing with Zlatan (and other stars at Milan). He will also benefit from playing in a different country with several variations of formations and tactics etc, in fact I think more English players should have spells abroad but I'll save that for another article, another time.
There is also a small matter of players returning from loan spells, Joe Cole and Aquilani. I think both are more than capable of doing a job for Liverpool and I sincerely hope Brendan gives them a fair crack at it. I would even go as far to say Aquilani has to be starting in midfield, along side Gerrard and a fit Lucas. I also feel Joe Cole will be a useful sub, as on his day he is a fantastic player.
Now, moving on to potential new signings. I shall start with the heavily speculated transfer of Fabio Borini from Roma. A smart signing in my opinion- young, talented and modern forward, who had to move on from Chelsea as at the time, he was in competition with Anelka, Drogba, Kalou etc. Several defenders who have had the (mis)fortune of playing against Borini have recently mentioned how difficult he was to mark and if you have ever watched the Italian striker play it is clear to see how exceptional his movement is.
The next player I will briefly mention is Clint Dempsey, who has been linked with the club a fair bit over the past few weeks. Again, I think it will be a smart signing as he has proven himself in the Premier League for years and boasts a goal nearly every three games for Fulham, which considering most of those goals come from midfield is very impressive.
I can not conclude this article without mentioning Liverpool's great need for a winger as they are missing any excitement and consistency down the flanks. Some of the speculated players include Eljero Elia- who thankfully looks set to be joining Werder Bremen after a disappointing season in Italy, Swansea's Scott Sinclair- who Brendan Rodgers obviously knows very well, and Adam Johnson, who would be the better signing out of the three. Johnson oozes potential, is very exciting to watch and has an end product, it is just a matter of whether City will let him go or continue to waste his talent in the reserves.