With the transfer window almost upon us, Steven Gerrard will be thinking not just about new arrivals, but about which members of his squad are disposable.
Loanees Joe Worrall, Lassana Coulibaly and possibly Ryan Kent will leave. Meanwhile, the likes of Lee Wallace and Gareth McAuley are out of contract.
Those departures will lighten the wage bill, but due to the nature of their situations, none of them will bring in funds in the form of a transfer fee.
One underperformer who could command a fee, though, is Kyle Lafferty.
There were high hopes among some Bears when the Northern Irish international signed from Hearts in August. However, his second stint at Ibrox simply hasn’t worked out.
Short on starts and crucially, goals, he’s fallen further and further down the pecking order. He’s behind both Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe and possibly now even 17-year-old Dapo Mebude.
Furthermore, both Ryan Hardie and Zak Rudden are due to return for pre-season, increasing competition further.
There’s no realistic prospect of Lafferty getting any regular playing time next season. Therefore, it makes sense for both parties if a transfer is agreed.
He’s currently rated at £900k by Transfermarkt. Given the club only forked out around £500k for his services last summer [Glasgow Evening Times], though, it’s unlikely the 31-year-old would command his full valuation.
However, with a year left on his Ibrox deal, he should still command a reasonably substantial fee.
It makes sense for Gerrard to move the willing, but ultimately disappointing forward on, with an eye on reallocating any transfer money towards bringing in further quality elsewhere.