By Frank McAvennie

23rd Jul, 2021 | 10:39am

McAvennie blasts Liverpool stars as £70m FSG transfer plan reported

Fringe players did not perform when Liverpool needed them most last season – it will do the club no harm to sell them on at a healthy profit.

So says former top-flight hitman Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Liverpool’s plans for a wave of summer exits.

The Liverpool Echo reported on 21st July that FSG are looking to raise £60-70million through the sale of as many as seven senior players.

Liverpool have already banked a reported £17m from the sales of Marko Grujic and Taiwo Awoniyi.

And Nat Phillips, Harry Wilson, Divock Origi, Neco Williams and Xherdan Shaqiri are all deemed expendable at Anfield.

McAvennie highlighted how fringe players failed to step up to the plate in 2020-21 amid the Reds’ catastrophic injury crisis.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “I think they have an awful lot of players that are there in the background.

But for me, I question players like that. Big players want to play all the time but some of these are quite happy just happy to sit around and take the money.

“I don’t know the ins and outs. But a couple of times last season, Liverpool were in dire need and the fringe player just didn’t do it for them.

When you get a chance in life, you’ve got to take it, and football’s no different.

“The manager wants hungry players who are going to push the first team boys. That’s what he’ll be looking for next season.”

In other news, Liverpool line up “exceptional striker” raid after midweek transfer mission.