While Luis Suarez is away, the Reds will play.
Liverpool's star striker has rejoined his Uruguayan teammates in preparation for an international friendly with Japan on Wednesday, but that hasn't stopped the Anfield club from finding itself in the middle of non-Suarez related transfer rumours.
One such rumour became news on Tuesday, when Stewart Downing officially sealed a switch from Liverpool to West Ham United. As reported by the club's official website, the 29-year-old joins the Hammers after two years with the Reds. He had seven goals in 91 appearances.
Former Red Andy Carroll also joined West Ham during the transfer window, prompting Iain Dale to post this sarcastic tweet when Downing's move became official:
Suarez isn't the only player at Anfield connected to transfer rumours, but he has commanded a majority of the team's attention since the window opened. Steven Gerrard is the latest man to speak out on his teammate's future, flatly stating that if Suarez does leave Anfield, it won't be for another English club.
BBC Sport's Ben Smith reported on the Englishman's comments prior to his country's Wednesday tilt with Scotland.
Metro reported on Tuesday that Suarez was taking a vow of silence until his latest international trip was over, giving Liverpool some much-needed breathing room to discuss other ventures.
We'll take a look at some of those ventures below.
The Paris Saint-Germain defender started 24 Ligue 1 matches for the reigning French champions but could soon be defending in the Premier League instead.
According to Metro's Jamie Sanderson, the Reds have lodged an official bid of £8 million for the French international and are currently awaiting PSG's decision on whether or not they will accept the bid.
The 23-year-old has spent his entire club career with PSG, first logging Ligue 1 matches with the side during the 2007-08 season. More recently, he has started at least 19 matches for the club in each of the last five seasons.
That being said, Liverpool might have competition to secure his transfer. As noted by this Barcastuff tweet, the La Liga champions are reportedly lining up their focus in submitting a bid for Sakho's services:
Centre-back has been a priority for the Reds during the current transfer window, but manager Brendan Rodgers has been unable to upgrade the position thus far. Per the report, Sakho has been valued at £18 million, but the Reds are currently not willing to climb anywhere near that price.
Sinclair's days with Manchester City appear to be numbered.
After logging eight goals and 35 starts with Swansea City two seasons ago, Sinclair joined City on a £6.2 million transfer before the 2012-13 EPL season.
The 24-year-old played in just 11 Premier League matches last season. With the additions at City (Stevan Jovetic, Fernandinho) further threatening to take playing time away from the young midfielder, it's becoming increasingly likely that a transfer is best for all parties involved.
That transfer was thought to be from City to West Bromwich Albion, the latter of whom has an offer on the table for Sinclair. According to ESPN's Richard Jolly, City was considering that bid on Monday.
A report from Charles Perrin of the Express has put Liverpool firmly in the mix for Sinclair's services.
According to Perrin, Bet Victor has slashed the odds on Sinclair joining Liverpool from 66-to-1 to 5-to-4. That astronomical leap hints at the Reds being in true contention for the wantaway youngster, even though West Brom was thought to be the likely landing spot earlier in the week.
Jeremy Cross of the Daily Star reported on Aug. 8 that Sinclair wanted to leave Manchester City after his disappointing first season with the club. He mentioned Newcastle, West Ham and Everton as other possible EPL landing spots.
The last player linked with a potential move to Anfield is Willian.
Tottenham Hotspur were thought to be the most likely landing spot for the 25-year-old midfielder, but Metro's Danny Griffiths reported on Tuesday that Liverpool has joined the chase to sign Willian away from Anzhi Makhachkala.
Willian joined Anzhi on a £32 million deal in January, but Griffiths' report claims that the Russian club is ready to relent from that price and are willing to cut ties with the Brazilian international on a smaller fee.
The Metro report mentions that Willian's wages would likely be too expensive for the Reds unless they were to dump Suarez to Arsenal or Real Madrid, bringing us full circle in the idea that the Suarez saga is at least in part to blame for all the "feelers" Liverpool have out on players.
While it seems unlikely that the Reds would break the bank for a player at this point in the transfer window, they would have a tidy sum to spend if Suarez exits Anfield for good.
In the meantime, a move for a player like Sinclair or Sakho could be exactly the kind of under-the-radar deal the Reds need to make in order to finish better than seventh at the conclusion of this year's EPL season.
Rodgers has made several transfers both to and from Anfield this year, but it would appear more are to come. Whether or not those transfers include a certain star striker, though, is the bigger story surrounding the Reds of late.
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