Liverpool may dump Charlie to get Dempsey

Rodgers determined to change old order at the Kop

Brendan Rodgers wants to stamp his mark at the Kop by changing the old order which caused the downfall of Liverpool icon Kenny Dalglish.

Rodgers is not afraid to wield the axe to assert his 'tiki-taka' style of play at Anfield in his ambitious bid to bring back the glory days back to Liverpool.

The former Swansea manager has already begun breaking up Dalglish’s squad by letting Craig Bellamy, Maxi Rodriguez, Dirk Kuyt and Alberto Aquilani leave.

But he needs more departures to bring in more signings, following the arrivals of Fabio Borini and Joe Allen.

He has made it clear England striker Andy Carroll is not part of his future plans.

Now, Rodgers is prepared to offload Scotland midfielder Charlie Adam in order to sign Fulham’s Clint Dempsey, according to the Daily Mail.

Rodgers sees the 26-year-old as surplus to requirements at Anfield following the arrival of Allen from Swansea City on Friday and the impressive form of Jonjo Shelvey.

Rodgers and the club’s American owners want American striker Dempsey but have been unable to agree a deal with Fulham, who value him at £10 million.

But Liverpool hope the inclusion of Adam as part of the package will help push the move forward. Fulham are looking for a creative midfielder following the departure of Danny Murphy.

Rodgers is an admirer of Adam but has been pleasantly surprised by the emergence of youngster Shelvey, who was picked ahead of his Scottish rival for the Europa League win against Gomel last week.

Daniel Agger is the subject of interest from Manchester City, while Liverpool hope to agree a deal which would see £35m Carroll return to Newcastle only 18 months after he joined.

Meanwhile, Liverpool can look forward to a Battle of Britain showdown against Scottish club Hearts in the play-off round of the Europa League after the draw was made on Friday.

The Premier League club beat Gomel of Belarus 3-0 at Anfield on Thursday to secure a 4-0 aggregate success that set up the clash with the Scottish Cup holders.

 

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