Published On: Sat, May 10th, 2014

Liverpool select £64 million transfer targets

brendan-rodgersAs Liverpool look set to miss out on the league title this season, reports that the club will have a £64 million transfer kitty in the summer for four key additions to the club.

Liverpool have been phenomenal this season and although they still have chance to win the title, their draw with Crystal Palace last Monday may have marked the end of their campaign this season but Brendan Rodgers and the club’s American owners are looking ahead and preparing to strengthen for a title assault next season.

Defensive steel

Liverpool’s main weakness this season has been their defence, conceding the second most in the top 8 in the Premier League meaning the Brendan Rodgers has targeted Swansea captain Ashley Williams and former Reds defender Javier Mascherano to add some steel to the club’s defence.

Mascherano, 29, left the club in 2010 in a £19 million move to Spanish side Barcelona but looks certain to leave the side in the summer as the club plans a major squad overhaul now their embargo has been lifted. Rodgers is prepared to bid up to £16 million for the Argentinian who previously made 139 appearances for Liverpool in order to provide cover at central defence as well as supporting Lucas Leiva with defensive midfield duties.

Meanwhile Rodgers is also set to make an £8 million offer for the Swansea captain. Although Williams is 29 and therefore does not fit in with Rodgers youth orientated transfer policy, the Liverpool boss believes that the defender he knew from his time at the Liberty is the perfect man to lead his new-look defence for next season.

Attacking flair

Although Liverpool play free-flowing, attractive football and boast one of the most attacking front lines combining Raheem Sterling, Phillipe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez, Brendan Rodgers is also targeting Torino playmaker Alessio Cerci and Southampton wide-man Adam Lallana.

Cerci has netted 13 times this season for surprise package Torino, as well as contributing 9 assists and Liverpool boss Rodgers is incredibly interested in signing the Torino playmaker, with the former Swansea boss preparing to meet the club’s £18 million valuation for the stylish winger, with Liverpool keen to begin talks before the World Cup.

Moreover, Rodgers is determined to bring Southampton star Adam Lallana to Anfield next season, with the Northern Irishman seeing the Englishman as the future replacement for Liverpool and England stalwart Steven Gerrard. Lallana will probably leave the Saints in the summer and is probably more likely to join the Anfield club ahead of Chelsea, where he could link up with Gerrard and get far more playing time.

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  • jay blindside

    Williams would be yet another major mistake for Rodgers.

  • terry tibbs

    Heres my football manager transfer rant –

    sell johnson sign sanga on free

    swap Agger for Song

    sign Mangala, Vertongen for centre back

    sign Cole free transfer

    Sign Shaqiri and Lallana

    sign Remy as back up striker

    Sell borini,aspas,renia, coates,

    • scott peterson

      Spot on mate! Very shrewd managing indeed! You may have a little kitty left in the pot for another purchase :) konopaylanka perhaps?

      • Russell Hughes

        Is a winger really what Liverpool need at the moment? Konopaylanka might be an attractive prospect, but shouldn’t Rodgers make a CB his first priority?

        • scott peterson

          For sure

    • Lleiva21

      these signings would be amazing but thats the difference between virtual choices and real life. easier said than done mate. e.g. spurs wont let vertonghen go. or Remy apparently has his heart set on arsenal move. and bayern might not be willing to move shaqiri on unless its ‘loan’ which i dont think will be a good move for us.

    • kamal

      wow thats good management agger for song is decent… hummels would be amazing….cole is good business … lallana and isco (loan) would be terrific remy is fair addition

    • Ben Dutton

      With mangala, vertonghen ans sakho, that would leave us with 3 left footed cb’s . Make that 4 if agger stayed. Most managers wont play 2 left footed centrebacks some reason, but will happily play two right footed centrebacks, stupid tbf

  • Kaiser Sose

    Mateo Kovacic of Inter should be our number 1 target. This kid is amazing and will only get better. If anyone is going to step into Gerrads shoes, Kovacic is the man. He can rip a midfield apart with his dribbling and and his vision, his ability to read the game and supply thru balls to the forwards are sublime, and at 19 the sky is the limit for this kid. £20 mil would be a steal and we would still have another £44 to get Lallana and 1 or 2 very good players.
    We dont really need to buy too many players to be honest. We need class not quantity. We have Suso coming back, Illori as well as Ibe to step up. With only a few world class additions we will be a force if we get the right players.

    • Rak S

      Kovacic is class but we also need to completely remodel most of our defence.
      We need 1CB, 1RB, 1LB, 1DM, 1AM/ST and 1LW/ST in my opinion. With these 6 positions strengthened, we’d be in a good position to compete on all fronts.

  • Mannynwa

    We should keep Reina as competition and coaching fir Mignolet
    Sell Enrique buy Luke ShawSell Agger buy Caulker
    Buy Mangala
    Buy Ashley Cole

    That should give you a solid defence plus cover. Flanagan has been awesome and needs to play regular to up his game. Great servant but in place of Glen Johnson. Glen Johnson needs to be a sub and needs to come in a match as a sub when we play the big four clubs to replace fatigued defenders

    Buy Mascherano so Lucas can be defensive cover from bench or used as extra cover in tough games
    Buy Xherdan Shaqiri 22yrs old very fast and strong attacking minded midfielder
    Buy Lallana Replace Gerrard long term

    Buy Thomas Muller from Bayern as Marquee and quality signing

    Sell Aspas, assasaidi, borini, coates, brad jones, luis alberto and release moses!

    Should cover costs wages and stregthen the squad majorily.

  • yaya

    caulker (cardiff) john anne riise micah richard danny rose olsson (norwich) vertonghen keep kelly bring back illori these arw the list hungry players really love to play for win but previously they played wrpng team so could be cgeap and quality physically 100% on the pitch play aggressive dembele diame lallana benteke zaha(cardiff) andy townsend now these are players support central and attack.the most important find players hungry for win player that when they play they seems like to tell us something what missed and they got

  • Clinton Max Walker

    Liverpool need a RCB, a LB, a CDM, an AM, a LW and a ST. No sales of players playing regularly, i.e. Johnson, Lucas, Agger, Skrtel and Enrique. Players like Coates, Aspas, Borini, Reina, Assaidi, Coady and Kelly can go. Players like Suso, Wisdom, Robinson, Alberto and Ibe should be loaned out (again.) At the end of the transfer window loans should be considered, but only if those 6 positions are filled by permanent players. Loan players should provide cover for any emergencies during pre-season.

  • Addo Jena Nwie

    develop Andre Wisdom as a Johnson backup or sign Micah Richards from ManC around 7m, get Tiago Llori back from loan to compete with Sakho and skrtel at central defend, sell Agger, Alberto, Enrique, Coates, Reina, Assaidi get Steven Caulker(CD), Ashley Cole(LB), Song/Mbia for defensive midfielder

  • Hassan Sobh Min Libnan

    We have to Sign 6-7 Players in the Summer, First Thing BR should get is a RCB “Howedes or Stevem Caulker”, Then LB “Ashley Cole (Free) or Rodriges (Werder Berman) or Schmezler (BVB)”, then RB “Richards or Montoya”, then CDM “Bender (Bayern Leva) or Fernando (Porto)” then CAM “Isco or Lallana” then Winger “Reus or Shaqiri” and Last is ST “Lacazette or Loic Remy”

    And We Have Players Loaned Out like Reina, Suso, Ilori, Borini and Assaidi Who Will compete with Others

  • Masum Maza Qahar

    If i was Brenden i’d first prioritise the defence which needs a brand new back 4 for me, Montoya RB, Moreno LB, Caulker CB, Mangala/papadop CB (players we can actually get) Marshall to compete with Mignolet, in midfield i’d get Lallana CM, Mascherano CDM, Konoplyanka RM, Tello LM and my back up striker would br Gayle from CP. I’d give borini more of a chance and Sterling more of a rest

    Sell Reina, Johnson, Enrique, Agger/Skrtel (one must go) Kelly, Coates, Assaidi, Lucas, Aspas

    Loan; Ibe, Illori, Alberto, Wisdom

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