Transfer Moves Liverpool Should Make Before the Season Starts

Laura Greene@@Greene_LFeatured ColumnistAugust 1, 2013

Transfer Moves Liverpool Should Make Before the Season Starts

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    Liverpool’s preseason is being dominated by speculation over Luis Suarez’s Anfield future.

    Whether he stays or goes, the Uruguayan's next move will have a big influence on the Reds' 2013/14 campaign.

    However, the Merseyside club has other matters that need to be addressed before the summer transfer window closes on September 2.

    Brendan Rodgers’ side have already welcomed Luis Alberto, Iago Aspas, Simon Mignolet and Kolo Toure into the fold, but with several players leaving the club, new recruits are needed.

    Over the next few slides, we look at transfer moves that Liverpool need to make before the new Premier League season kicks off.

    Is there anyone YOU want to see at Anfield? How about departures—who should Rodgers usher toward the exit door?

    Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Kyriakos Papadopoulos

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    Jamie Carragher has retired, Martin Skrtel continues to be linked with a loan move to Napoli—as reported  by Ed Malyon in the Mirrorand Daniel Agger’s Anfield future is anything but certain if Ben Jefferson's report linking him to Barcelona in the Express is to be believed. 

    Which leaves Liverpool’s back line in a rather precarious situation.

    Kolo Toure, who was brought in on a free transfer from Manchester City, will offer experience, but at 32 he’s not a long-term solution.

    Sebastian Coates is another option, but with only 12 Premier League appearances under his belt, he needs playing time—perhaps a loan spell at another club is needed before he can become Mr. Reliable at the back.

    Reports linking Liverpool to Schalke’s Kyriakos Papadopoulos have begun to resurface in recent weeks.

    The Reds are believed to have had a long-term interest in the 21-year-old. Speculation died down when the defender was recovering from a knee injury.

    Now that he’s back in training with the Bundesliga side, Liverpool have been credited with interest once again.

    According to Greek newspaper Sport Day (via Ben Jefferson in the Express) Liverpool have already agreed a fee with Schalke to bring Papadopoulos to the Premier League.

    At 21, the highly rated defender has years ahead of him. He’s very physical, good in the air, tough-tackling, confident and has a good range of passing. Papadopoulos also has experience in the Champions League and Europa League. 

Toby Alderweireld

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    Toby Alderweireld continues to be linked to Liverpool.

    Along with fellow Ajax teammate Christian Eriksen, the 24-year-old is a popular choice for Reds fans, in discussions about possible additions to the Liverpool side.

    Alderweireld has racked up 182 appearances with Ajax.

    According to the Express' James Dickenson, he has attracted interest from a host of Premier League clubs, including Norwich, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

    His current contract runs out next summer, and he is rumoured to be worth £8.8 million, according to Transfermarkt

    The Belgian can play in central defence or at right-back. At 24, he’d be a long-term investment and has a lot more experience than the likes of Sebastian Coates and Papadopoulos.

    A report by Gary Jones in the Daily Star, appears to suggest that Alderweireld is keen on a move to Merseyside. 

    Perhaps fellow Belgian Simon Mignolet can convince him to make the switch to Anfield. 

Christian Eriksen

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    After missing out on target Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Liverpool need to add an attacking midfielder to their ranks.

    Christian Eriksen is a player who keeps popping up on the Reds’ radar.

    The Dane has one year remaining on his current contract at Ajax.

    Marc Overmars, director of football at the Dutch club, told De Telegraaf (via in March:

    "We want him to stay here for at least two more years, but the day he leaves us, he will be ready to play for the very best. He’s a player even the biggest clubs in the world could do with having in their squad."

    Last season Eriksen made 33 appearances in the Eredivisie, scoring 10 goals and registering 17 assists.

    He has been tracked by Borussia Dortmund in recent months, as seen in The Sun, but Mkhitaryan’s arrival should put an end to speculation linking Eriksen with a move to the Bundesliga.

    Often touted as a potential replacement for Steven Gerrard, Eriksen would make a fantastic addition to Liverpool.

    And, if this report by Massimo Marioni in Metro is to be believed, Ajax won’t stand in his way if he wants to depart. 

Loan Move: Lucas Piazon

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    According to the Daily Mail’s Dominic King, it looks like Liverpool have already sewn up the loan signing of Benfica’s Lorenzo Melgarejo.

    The 22-year-old has been brought in to provide cover and competition for Jose Enrique at left-back.

    Another shrewd loan move may be for the Chelsea youngster, Lucas Piazon.

    The 19-year-old can play in a variety of roles for Liverpool—as an attacking midfielder, in the hole or as a winger.

    The Brazilian spent a portion of last season on loan at Malaga, where he played under new Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini.

    Martin Lipton of the Mirror believes that a move to Liverpool or Crystal Palace could be on the cards for Piazon.

    Chelsea loaned Romelu Lukaku to West Bromwich Albion last season, with superb results—the Belgian scoring 17 goals in 35 Premier League appearances for the club.

    If Piazon could have the same kind of impact at Anfield, it’d be a huge coup for Brendan Rodgers.

A New Striker?

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    There is a big Luis Suarez-shaped question mark hanging over Anfield at the moment.

    Arsenal have been trying to lure the controversial striker to the Emirates.

    Despite the Gunners’ bid of £40 million, Liverpool are under no obligation to sell Suarez, as seen in this report by David Maddock in the Mirror.

    It’s difficult to predict the outcome of what promises to be a very lengthy dispute.

    Regardless of whether Suarez is still Liverpool’s No. 7 next season, the club still need to bring in a new forward.

    The Uruguayan will miss the side’s first six games of the new campaign, as part of a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic last season.

    Daniel Sturridge, Fabio Borini and new signing Iago Aspas are all strikers who could fill the void in Suarez’s absence. However, if Liverpool are serious about making a push to finish in the Top Four this season, they need to bring in one more marksman.

    With Roberto Soldado’s future now tied up at Spurs, as reported by the Independent’s Jack de Menezes, Liverpool will have to look elsewhere for recruits.

    Perhaps Udinese's Luis Muriel could fit the bill? Often compared to a young Ronaldo, Ben Jefferson of the Express has linked the 22-year-old with the Reds after impressing in Serie A, where he scored 12 goals in 24 games last season. 

    Queens Park Rangers’ Loic Remy is also worth consideration. The France international, who's already had a taste of the top-flight, showed glimpses of what he is capable of in the tail end of QPR's season. He wouldn't be a starter if Suarez stays at Anfield, but he could be the perfect answer should Suarez depart. 

    Jackson Martinez is also still an option, as reported by James Dickenson in the Express. If Liverpool do sell Suarez, they would be able to afford the valuation of £35 million.

    The Colombian striker, who has also been linked with Napoli, netted 26 goals and made two assists in 30 Primeira Liga games for FC Porto—in his first season at the club.