As we enter the concluding few weeks of the season, thoughts are sure to turn to the upcoming transfer window and just who Premier League clubs will add to their ranks in the summer.
As usual, Liverpool are uppermost in many thoughts when it comes to transfers both in and out, and as Brendan Rodgers seeks to add to a squad that has undoubtedly improved in recent weeks, plenty of names are sure to be linked with the club.
There will be plenty of those players who the club has no interest in at all, and some who are firmly on the radar, but the only way we’ll know for sure is just by keeping an eye on the comings and goings in the summer.
As the media continue to link many names with the club, here are five of the latest.
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The impending retirement of Jamie Carragher makes searching for a new centre-back an imperative piece of business for Brendan Rodgers, who recently travelled over to Rotterdam to watch 21-year-old Feyenoord captain Stefan de Vrij in action.
A series of impressive performances since breaking into the Feyenoord team have led to De Vrij picking up three caps for the senior Netherlands team, and with the youngster firmly fitting into Fenway Sports Group’s vision of recruiting the most talented young players from across the continent, the Dutchman could well be considered to be one of the more likely names on Liverpool’s potential shopping list this summer.
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He’s another player from the Eredivisie, but Christian Eriksen is a vastly different one to de Vrij.
The stylish Dane appears set to leave Ajax this summer as his contract continues to run down, and the vastly gifted attacking midfielder could well be set for an explosive entry into the Premier League if reports are to be believed.
As is often the case with Liverpool’s transfer targets, they may have to battle Tottenham Hotspur for his signature, and whilst Spurs will have Eriksen’s former Ajax teammate Jan Vertonghen on their side in the battle, Liverpool will have his Danish skipper Daniel Agger to do their bidding. Eriksen crossed paths with Luis Suarez at Ajax too.
The potential for Champions League football at Spurs may be a crucial factor, of course, but Liverpool should push hard for a player who would be greatly received by fans.
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The stylish Algerian has established himself as a creative force in the Valencia set-up, and he could well become the latest in a long line of players to leave the club for pastures new due to their financial problems.
He has impressed throughout Los Che’s recent forays into both the top echelons of La Liga, and as they’ve progressed in the Champions League and with reports indicating that Liverpool would be willing to do business at £9 million, the French passport-holding Sofiane Feghouli could find himself the subject of some summer interest.
However, with big-spending Paris Saint-Germain also reportedly keen this looks like a deal that is far from simple.
Many Liverpool fans have not-so-secretly held a desire for the stylish Spanish ace to return to Anfield ever since he left the club in 2009, and those hopes have received a boost with an apparent contract dispute at Real Madrid.
The 2005 Champions League winner is now 31, and so whilst a move for him would see the club abandon their transfer approach for solely youthful players, there is no doubt about the quality he would bring to midfield if he lined up with old friend Steven Gerrard again.
Such a move is highly unlikely, though, and it is far more likely to see Xabi Alonso still at Madrid next season.
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Amidst names from some of the biggest clubs on the planet, Liverpool are also currently being linked with a forward from Ryman League Division One South side Dulwich Hamlet—a club once famous for taking former Red Peter Crouch on loan during the forward’s early days at Tottenham.
Eighteen-year-old Daniel Carr has scored an average of a goal a game this season, and that has attracted the attention of a host of clubs who are keen on taking a closer look at the prodigy who was released by Reading last summer.
Whether or not he impresses on his trial at Liverpool remains to be seen, but it is refreshing to see a club of the Reds’ stature being prepared to scour the bottom rungs of the game for young, hungry talent.