Liverpool will listen to offers for Stewart Downing, Jonjo Shelvey and Sebastian Coates as Brendan Rodgers looks to build a squad capable to challenging for a place in the top four.

While Liverpool have been linked with a number of new signings it seems as though Rodgers will first made room in the squad by allowing a number of fringe players to leave in the summer.

The Daily Mirror states that Fulham are interested in taking Downing on loan next season but Liverpool have told them that they will only let him leave on a permanent deal.

Stewart Downing
Stewart Downing has enjoyed a much improved second season at Liverpool but could find his days numbered at Anfield. [Reuters]

Downing was signed for £20m two years ago from Aston Villa but struggled to make an impact in his first season and earlier this year was told that he would be allowed to leave the club,

However, there were no offers in January and he managed to force his way back into the first team, regularly starting as Rodgers had few other options in the wide areas.

Rodgers has made it clear that he wants to sign players who can make an instant impact, much in the same way that Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge managed to do after arriving in January.

Former Charlton midfielder Shelvey could also be shown the door after falling out of favour in the second half of the season as the likes of Lucas Leiva, Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen forced him down the pecking order.

While Shelvey struggled to get a game in after January, Coates was limited to just five Premier League games and Rodgers has admitted that he will speak with the Uruguayan during the summer.

"Seb has been a great support player for the group. Obviously his chances have been very limited. That's unfortunately how it is ­sometimes as a defender," said Rodgers, as quoted in the Mirror.

"We will sit down when he comes back for pre-season and take it from there. We have to see what the summer brings."

With Jamie Carragher having now left the club, Liverpool have been linked with a host of defenders including Manchester City's Yaya Toure, Sporting Lisbon yonungster Tiago Illori and Greek powerhouse Kyriakos Papadopoulous.