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Liverpool's director of football Damien Comolli has confirmed he expects to ship out a number of unwanted players to make way for new faces at Anfield.

Adam signing the latest stage in Dalglish's rebuilding at Liverpool

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Steve Canavan: The new Molby? No, Charlie Adam is fitter, faster and slimmer – but has the same skill

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Liverpool agree fee with Blackpool for Charlie Adam

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Aston Villa want £19m for Liverpool target Stewart Downing

Aston Villa have slapped a price tag of £19m on winger Stewart Downing, Press Association Sport understands.

Liverpool’s £15m bid for Downing rejected by Villa

Liverpool have stepped up their pursuit of Aston Villa's Stewart Downing but may have to pay up to £20m for the winger, despite a desire to leave which may lead him to table a transfer request next week.

Liverpool close on Adam and Downing

After a strong finish to last season and the £20m recruitment of Jordan Henderson from Sunderland earlier this summer, Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is nearing further captures as he seeks to maintain the forward momentum he has brought to the club.

Alex McLeish asks Aston Villa fans to give him chance

New Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish hopes fans upset at his move from Birmingham will keep their emotions in check as he prepares for "one of the biggest challenges of my life".

McLeish hopes to win over Villa fans

Alex McLeish insists his previous experiences when in charge of Rangers means he is thick-skinned enough to cope with the switch from Birmingham to Aston Villa.

Agbonlahor praises 'courageous' McLeish and calls for unity

Gabriel Agbonlahor, an Aston Villa supporter long before he became a first-team striker at the club, last night welcomed the arrival of Alex McLeish and anticipated a more attacking style than the Scot was known for at Birmingham City.

Wigan chairman believes Roberto Martinez will stay

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan expects Roberto Martinez to make a decision on his future in the next 24 hours - and thinks the Spaniard will reject Aston Villa's overtures to remain as Latics boss for at least another season.

Darren Bent committed to Aston Villa

England striker Darren Bent has pledged his future to Aston Villa and insisted: "I'm tired of moving around."

England v Switzerland: Man for man marking

Geoff Brown assesses how Capello's men performed against the Swiss at Wembley

Defensive gaffes leave England needing a favour

England 2 Switzerland 2: Bent's miss adds to woe as automatic qualification hopes for Euro 2012 take a hit

Bent looks an England hit after forgetting about the misses

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