With Manchester City’s disappointing season likely to be dealt a decisive blow away at Barcelona in their next game, a summer overhaul is very much on the cards at the Etihad.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini might well be the first to go, but the ageing playing squad also needs a substantial reboot if City are to enjoy more success next term.
The Citizens will be keen to flex their financial muscles with a flagship signing, and one name that is featuring in gossip columns is Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling.
The 20-year-old has enjoyed a superb season, notching six goals and seven assists so far, and was the sole highlight of a dismal first half of the campaign for the Reds.
Liverpool are understandably keen to secure Sterling’s long-term future at the club, but contract negotiations have dragged on for five months amid rumours the youngster is demanding around £100,000 a week.
That might create an opening for City to exploit, especially as they would have little difficulty meeting Sterling’s wage requirements.
Should the Citizens’ interest step up in the summer, Liverpool would be wise to try and include out-of-favour forward Stevan Jovetic as part of any deal.
The Montenegrin has endured another disappointing year in Manchester, even recently being replaced in City’s Champions League squad by Wilfried Bony.
The 25-year-old has played just 16 times in the Premier League this term, and is yet to complete 90 minutes.
However, there have been enough flashes of quality during that pitch-time to suggest Liverpool would be wise to take a chance on Jovetic.
The Reds themselves witnessed his ability first-hand when Jovetic scored twice in City’s 3-1 win over Liverpool back in August.
The Montenegrin has recorded five goals and two assists in his 16 league outings this term, a decent tally for someone who has spent so few minutes on the pitch.
In fact, Jovetic’s average of 0.59 goals per 90 minutes is bettered only by Sergio Aguero and Frank Lampard in City’s squad.
Jovetic is also the kind of adaptable forward that Rodgers, with all his tactical tinkering prefers, able to play across a three-man attack or behind a strike partner.
The 25-year-old has not delivered his best form yet in the Premier League, but Liverpool would suit him far better than Man City, and including him in any Sterling switch might prove a masterstroke for the Reds.
Liverpool’s next match is away at Swansea, a game Sterling is 9/5 to net in at any time.