Liverpool made serious progress in the second half of Brendan Rodgers' first season at the helm. Although the charge wasn't enough to finish among the league's top clubs, it's a positive sign heading into what will probably be a busy summer.
The midseason addition of Daniel Sturridge was a step in the right direction. A couple more moves like that during the offseason would raise expectations. It was always going to take some time for Rodgers to build a roster to fit his system, but he's working to limit the time it takes to complete the process.
There are still some question marks to answer—which could change the outlook—including the future of Luis Suarez. With that in mind, let's check out some of the latest transfer talk involving the Reds with the season nearing its conclusion.
Questions have been raised about Suarez's future at Anfield ever since he was suspended 10 matches for biting Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea. The chatter will only continue to grow as clubs, including Liverpool, begin to focus on next season.
One side hoping to join the sweepstakes, should it come to that, is Bayern Munich, reports James Dickenson of the Daily Express. He states they are looking at a potential £35 million move, with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid also lurking.
Obviously, moving Suarez would create another void that must be filled. That said, Sturridge and Co. were able to net six against lowly Newcastle last weekend. If the club decides to move the top-tier striker, it should be able to create a bidding-war situation for him.
Remy arrived to Loftus Road in January with hopes of helping Queens Park Rangers avoid relegation. The addition wasn't enough to stop QPR from finishing in the bottom three and, as you'd expect, Remy is quickly becoming a hot topic.
Greg Stobart of Goal.com reports Liverpool and Tottenham are the early leaders when it comes to landing the striker. Arsenal are also linked to the French international, who reportedly has a relegation release clause that will cut the asking price.
Remy would become a much more intriguing target for Liverpool if Suarez were to leave. At that point, somebody with his level of experience and goal-scoring prowess would be a perfect target. If Suarez stays, then he's more of a luxury option the Reds should wait on.
Another club destined for relegation is Reading. Pearce has been one of the few bright spots for the Royals. The 24-year-old center-back has shown enough talent to believe he could make a jump to a bigger club without missing a beat.
Liverpool might be getting ready to give him that chance. Daniel Jones of the Metro states Rodgers has been tracking the defender for a while with plans on making a move at season's end. He's viewed as a potential long-term replacement for Jamie Carragher.
Pearce probably isn't ready to fill those big shoes right out of the gate, but his future is bright. Liverpool would be wise to make a run at him now before he catches on with another club. At that point there's a good chance his value would quickly begin to rise.