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Torres, Gerrard, Mascherano and Reina – The Potential Liverpool Exodus – Part 1

Liverpool no longer have a manager, have little money for a transfer budget and are without Champions League football. There is reason to believe that their star players will be potential targets for some of the biggest clubs in Europe this summer.

All, we should presume, are precluded from moving to Old Trafford. The Liverpool board would probably not sanction any move for fear of alienating the clubs fans even more.

Arsenal could probably do with a new goalkeeper and Jose Reina is definitely an improvement on what options they have. Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard and Javier Mascherano are unlikely to entertain a move to a team that is probably about to lose Cesc Fabregas, its best player, to Barcelona and appear perpetually unable to challenge for trophies. Others like Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger might be interested, though.

Chelsea are apparently close to signing Yossi Benayoun and will be linked with Torres all summer. The thought of Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba in unison in attack is the type of dream team strike force that Roman Abramovich has always wanted. Gerrard almost signed for Abramovich’s club a few years ago but is unlikely, as an ageing midfielder who will command a big fee and huge wages, to be interesting Chelsea this time around. Mascherano and Reina are unnecessary, Chelsea have Michael Essien and Petr Cech.

Real Madrid would probably take Gerrard and Mascherano. Steven Gerrard has already been linked with Mourinho when he was at Chelsea and Internazionale and it is all happening again. Interestingly, if Gerrard and Mascherano do move to Real Madrid they will join Xabi Alonso, formerly part of the same midfield at Liverpool. Real Madrid already have a large number of midfielder players though and any move for Gerrard or Mascherano would necessitate an exit for Lassana Diarra or Fernando Gago first. Fernando Torres is not an option because of his affiliation with Atletico Madrid and Reina is understudy to Iker Casillas in the Spanish national team.