Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has hinted that record signing Andy Carroll, who has been linked with AC Milan, could leave on loan this summer.
Pier Silvio Berlusconi, president of Mediaset - the holding company that owns AC Milan - and the son of club owner Silvio Berlusconi, last week urged his father to make a move for the England international this summer, while newspaper reports on Monday morning suggested the Italian giants were considering launching a loan bid for the 23-year-old.
Rodgers later insisted he was yet to hear from Milan about the club's £35million signing, however talking to reporters, he indicated a loan deal could happen.
"It’s something I would have to look at, I have to be honest," revealed the former Swansea City boss.
"Is it going to be beneficial for the club, that’s the most important thing? Sometimes a player going out on loan - in general, not just Andy - can benefit the club in the long term.
"It gets them game experience, and they come back a better player, a more confident one. Certainly more so than if they’ve been sitting on the bench for the majority of the season."
Rodgers, who has hinted that Joe Cole and Alberto Aquilani, who spent last season on loan at Lille and Milan respectively, could be involved next season, conceded that he was assessing his entire squad.
But he dropped a hint that Carroll may not be a regular starter next season should he remain on Merseyside.
"Time will tell for him and all the players whether they are in my plans, but my job is to assess that," he added.
"Like every player, there are certain styles and systems which will allow them to flourish.
"He’s no different to any player we have here, they might have all the attributes but not the mentality to play. He’s a good kid, a good lad, so we will just see how the formation of the group shapes up.
"We’ll have a look over the summer and go from there."