Liverpool Transfer Rumors: Latest Buzz on Luis Suarez, Tom Ince and More

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 27, 2013

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 16:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Liverpool at St Mary's Stadium on March 16, 2013 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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There are two factors that will determine what type of summer it will be at Liverpool. The first is where the Reds finish in the table and which, if any, European competitions they qualify for. The other is the future of striker Luis Suarez.

It's become hard to attract top-end talent to Anfield simply because there are so many clubs willing to overpay to land marquee transfer targets. Missing out on European play would make Brendan Rodgers' job even more difficult.

Losing Suarez, who's by far the club's biggest asset and most reliable player right now, would obviously make matters worse. Let's examine the latest buzz surrounding his situation, along with some other updates involving Liverpool.


Luis Suarez

It's scary to imagine where Liverpool would sit in the table without Suarez. The Premier League's leading scorer helped keep the team afloat in the early going, allowing for their charge back into contention for a European spot.

He might not be around to bail the club out next season, though. John Edwards of the Daily Mail reports Bayern Munich have emerged as serious contenders to land the dynamic star. Juventus and Barcelona are also mentioned as being in the mix.

Given the high level of buzz months before the summer window opens, Liverpool faces a difficult fight if they want to keep Suarez. Missing out on the Champions League would be another hurdle on their path to keeping him. It's going to get interesting.


Tom Ince

Ince, who spent his youth career with Liverpool, continues to impress at Championship side Blackpool. The 21-year-old attacking midfielder has netted 18 goals and tallied 11 assists in 36 league appearances for the Seasiders.

The Reds made a run at him during the winter window, but weren't able to reach a deal. However, David Maddock of the Daily Mirror reports the Reds are now continuing to track Ince with hopes of getting a deal done to add him for next season.

It would take some time for Ince to adapt to the Premier League, which is why a January move would have been ideal. That said, his potential is sky high and he would be the type of investment in the future the Reds need to make.


Andreas Weimann

Weimann is another rising star linked to Liverpool. The Aston Villa striker, who's found the net six times in 22 EPL games this season, has established himself as a player capable of thriving in the top flight. He just needs more experience.

The Reds are one club where he would be able to receive that much-needed playing time, especially if Suarez ends up leaving. So it's no surprise they are tracking his situation and considering a summer deal, according to Jamie Sanderson of the Metro.

Weimann, along with current Liverpool forwards Daniel Sturridge and Fabio Borini, aren't capable of replacing Suarez alone. However, as a trio, they would have enough talent to ensure the Reds' attack still had some punch in the final third.