So Dirk Kuyt became the first victim of Brendan Rodgers’ new Liverpool regime as the former Swansea boss looks to cut the weak players from the squad to set about playing a far more attractive style of football.
And the Dutch striker will probably be the first of many, with Liverpool carrying a lot of average players on their book.
But while Rodgers’ appointment could be bad news for some at Anfield, it could be great news for a few faces frozen out.
Maxi Rodríguez waved goodbye in Liverpool’s final home game last season, making it clear that he was on his way out of the Merseyside club.
But he could be saved from the axe by Rodgers, with the midfielder seemingly more suited to the technical, quick passing and attacking style the former Swansea man will look to adopt at Anfield.
Joe Cole is another one who could happily slip back into Liverpool red while the forgotten man Alberto Aquilani could be the Leon Britton-type Rodgers will be after.
There is no doubt that Liverpool will have to dip into the transfer market to climb further up the table, but a few returning faces could help ease the burden too with Rodgers the ideal man to mould them from zeros to heroes.
Chelsea’s victory over Bayern Munich not only closed the door on Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League hopes, but perhaps also opened the exit door at White Hart Lane for some of Harry Redknapp’s star players.
Luka Modrić will undoubtedly be engrossed in a “will he won’t he” saga again, although Eden Hazard’s move to Chelsea could be good news for Spurs fans, while Gareth Bale will undoubtedly be touted by Europe’s biggest clubs this season.
But there could be hope for Tottenham in a returning face that could finally live up to his billing – Giovani dos Santos.
For whatever reason, Redknapp doesn’t seem to rate the Mexican and he has played just 17 times in the Premier League since arriving from Barcelona in 2008.
He has been shipped out on loan to Ipswich Town, Galatasaray and Racing Santander in that time but remains a Tottenham player.
But despite not being given the chance to show Tottenham supporters what he is all about, there is no doubting his talent, often turning it on for Mexico – proving he can pull it out of the bag when it really matters.
He seems to fit Tottenham’s style of play, speedy, technically good, an eye for goal and able to play wide or more central.
It just depends on whether Redknapp is willing to change his perception of the player who could finally make an impact in England at the ripe old age of 23.
So while Spurs fans might be bracing themselves for a mini exodus courtesy of Chelsea, any blows could be softened by the return of Santos – if he is given the chance expect the Mexican to shine.
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