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Sunday 25 February 2018

Will they stay or go?

Who will be heading for the Anfield exit this summer?

Fernando Torres

Likeliness to leave: 5/10

The Spanish striker's preference is to stay at Anfield for at least another season, but he has admitted that he may feel forced to depart if Liverpool's financial prospects do not improve. Chelsea, Manchester City and Barcelona would all pay at least £70m for the forward's services.

Steven Gerrard

Likeliness to leave: 4/10

Liverpool's captain has not intimated any desire to leave the club he has stood by through thick and thin recently, but with Real Madrid interested, he may be tempted to accept a £30m move to join former Reds team-mate Xabi Alonso and grant himself an improved chance of silverware.

Javier Mascherano

Likeliness to leave: 6/10

On the verge of signing a £100,000-a-week contract a few weeks ago, but the suspicion remains his future may hinge on Benitez's. Should the Spaniard move to Juventus, the Italian side are likely to rival Barcelona in trying to secure a £30m switch.

Who else will leave Anfield this summer?

Diego Cavalieri -- Brazilian 'keeper bought with sell-on fee in mind.

Martin Skrtel -- Liverpool would be tempted by offers of around £6m.

Sotirios Kyrgiakos -- Never more than a stopgap but may be given another year.

Fabio Aurelio -- Persistent injury problems mean the full-back will be allowed to leave on a free transfer.

Albert Riera -- Frozen out under Benitez, the Spanish international will leave regardless of who is manager.

Ryan Babel -- Improved showings from the striker in recent weeks may not be enough to save his Anfield career.

Philipp Degen -- Swiss international signed on a free but never more than a last resort.

Nabil El Zhar -- 23-year-old winger who has failed to shine in four years at Liverpool.

Damien Plessis -- The French midfielder remains surplus to requirements.

Mikel San Jose -- Athletic Bilbao will pay £3m to make the defender's loan move permanent.

Krisztian Nemeth -- Striker on loan at AEK Athens may move to Greece permanently.

Jay Spearing -- Young midfielder at Leicester would only be kept to meet home-grown quota.

Irish Independent

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