Duo set for Anfield exit

Alberto Aquilani and David Ngog are close to leaving Liverpool as Kenny Dalglish warned his players they must earn the right to play for the club going forward.

Aquilani is set to return to Italy with Fiorentina on a season-long loan. The player went to Juventus on a similar move last season and is favouring a return to Serie A having failed to stake a claim at Anfield.

Meanwhile, Ngog could be about to join Bolton who are keen on the striker. He is currently valued at £6 million but to date Wanderers have only offered half that fee. They will need to increase their bid if the player is to be persuaded to move from Merseyside.

Liverpool suffered a 3-0 friendly defeat at the hands of Hull on Saturday and Dalglish was not best pleased:

“The lads are at various degrees of fitness for the matches,” said Dalglish. “Someone like Jordan (Henderson) has only trained for a week, so it’s a bit too much to ask him to start the game.

“But we’ve got a couple of matches in the space of a few days at the end of next week and we’ll make sure as many people as we can get more minutes than they did on Saturday.

“If they’re going to stake a claim for a first-team place, they’ve got to earn it. We’ve given them every opportunity to get themselves fit and try and earn that right to play in the first team, but they’ll need to do better than that if they want it.”

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