The depletion of last season's squad continues as three more leave.
We all know about Phil Bardsley signing for Stoke City yesterday and now Kieren Westwood joins him through our ever-revolving doors. The Irish keeper was one of the many out of contract players and has not been offered a new deal.
Reports suggest he has no shortage of suitors but would probably need to move down to the Championship for a new club. For me, that is his level. At the start of last season there was a huge opportunity for him to claim our number one jersey but it quickly became evident he was not good enough, particularly whilst flapping ridiculously at crosses. No surprise or real emotion with this news. It does mean that just Sebastian Larsson and Jack Colback remain in talks over a new deal, with the other out of contract players swiftly leaving.
Fabio Borini's agent Marco De Marchi has spoken out about his client's future but really makes no moves to clarify whether Borini is more likely to remain on Merseyside or return to his home here on Wearside;
“I have not talked to Rodgers but I heard it said that Fabio, thanks to the performance of this season and the fact that the Reds will play the Champions League next year, will be one of his attackers,”
“The player is tied to Liverpool for another two years and at the moment I do not see how it can move.
“What is certain is that my client would like to continue his adventure in the Premier League with an English football club that is perfectly suited to its characteristics.”
Most of the press have chosen the angle that this suggests he is more likely to remain with Liverpool. In truth, he sounds about as in the know as we do. We already know that Brendan Rodgers has said he is looking to keep Borini due to squad requirements, but also know he is looking to overhaul his team and likely to listen to offers.
The fact that De Marchi has ruled out a move abroad but has also been very vague about his understanding of Borini's future at Liverpool suggests to me a deal is just as likely as it has ever been. This could drag on a little longer, but I am still not convinced it will happen despite the hope!
In other completely unsurprising and underwhelming news, Ondrej Celustka's loan period has ended with Sunderland not opting to make the deal permanent. He is, however, still desperate to leave his current club Trabzonspor in favour of a move to England or Germany.
The Shield's Gazette have already thrown a name into the hat of potential Bardsley replacements. Liverpool's Gary Kelly is said to be an option available to us, though the report suggests we are keener on a loan deal.
It's always difficult to build a squad when you are plugging the gaps with loan deals, however, with the Scousers apparently keen to offload Kelly, this loan would probably come with an option to buy. That makes things completely different, like the Santiago Vergini scenario, where we are able to take up the option of signing the Argentine permanently (something that is likely to be confirmed soon). Whether or not Kelly is a decent enough player is another debate. The link seems a bit wishy-washy really, not sure it should be taken too seriously at the moment.