The opening of the transfer window always brings with it a vast array of rumours, many of which prove to have little or no merit.
As a club with an obvious need for reinforcements and the advantage of playing in the money-spinning Premier League, Liverpool are always going to be at the forefront of these rumours and stories, many of which prove to be completely false.
But what of the rumours which do have some credibility? Just how suitable will some of those players be to Brendan Rodgers and his team?
Here we look at five players recently linked with the Reds and ask just how much Liverpool actually need them.