Liverpool Transfer News: Latest Buzz and Rumours After Matchday 32

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistMarch 31, 2014

Liverpool's Luis Suarez , right, celebrates after scoring against Tottenham during their English Premier League soccer match at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Sunday March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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The excitement around Anfield is reaching fever pitch as the original sleeping giant of English football awakens and attempts to take its place on the throne of the nation's top division.

Liverpool now sit two points clear at the top of the table, per BBC Sport, after Chelsea's shock defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace on Matchday 32. 

Here, we take a look at the latest buzz and gossip surrounding the club.


Brendan Rodgers to Steal Southampton's Dejan Lovren?

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers looks to improve his pool of defenders for next season with a potential move for Southampton's impressive centre-back Dejan Lovren.

The 24-year-old has been outstanding for the South Coast club this year, and 2013-14 has been a breakout season for the player. 

The Mirror report that Rodgers is preparing a "summer swoop" for the defender, who cost Southampton £8.5 million from Lyon in 2013. 

Despite their magnificent title efforts, the Reds have conceded the second-most goals among the top seven sides in the Premier League, with 39 goals, per Squawka.

That is seven goals worse than Everton and one goal more than Manchester United.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with Liverpool's attack, but their defence is still average at best. The Croatian international would definitely strengthen the Anfield club's back line and give them a solid platform to build on in the Champions League next season. 

Lovren is the type of player Liverpool needs, and Rodgers should do his utmost to capture the player's signature. 


Liverpool Join the Race for Jerome Boateng

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25:  Jerome Boateng of Bayern Muenchen lifts the trophy in celebration alongside team mates after victory in the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in
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Liverpool are interested in the services of Bayern Munich's international defender Jerome Boateng. James Dickenson of the Express reports that the Merseyside giant has joined the race to sign the former Manchester City player, who is also being chased by Manchester United.

However, prising Boateng away from the champions of Germany and Europe might be difficult. The player recently said, per Dickenson, "I am happy. FC Bayern are one of the biggest clubs in world football. I want to achieve more success here."

Dickenson reports that Boateng only signed a new deal with Bayern last December. 

Boateng would be perfect for Liverpool. He is an athletic 25-year-old who would give the side both technical prowess and physical strength. His ability to play across the back line would also be hugely useful to Rodgers.

However, unless Bayern are willing sellers and United do not flex their financial muscle for the player, Liverpool will find it very difficult to secure his services. 


Suarez to Become the World's First £100 Million Player

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 30:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on March 30, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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It is the one thing all Liverpool fans dread, and manager Brendan Rodgers has hinted at the reality of Luis Suarez one day leaving the club for a world-record transfer fee.

Derick Allsop of the Mirror reported on Rodgers' words this weekend. Although the Anfield boss insisted that Suarez is not for sale, the Irishman eluded to the fact that he could leave one day.

Allsop quotes Rodgers as saying the following when asked about Suarez's £100m bracket valuation: 

He is certainly heading towards that. If you look at the top people in the world, the Ronaldos, the Messis, those who have been doing it for five or six years, he would be right at that level.

Luis is certainly on his way towards that. His consistency has been phenomenal and what you see now is a more mature player. He is a world-class talent. Things evolve and times change. Time will tell.

When asked if Liverpool could refuse such an offer, Rodgers said, per Allsop, “That is not something even to think about.”

Liverpool's whole title challenge has been centred on Suarez, and even if they achieved the astronomical fee for him, they could not replace his specific skill set.

The case of Manchester United and Cristiano Ronaldo is a prime example. Suarez is a special player, and just as United could not find a footballer who gave them the specific threat Ronaldo did, neither will Liverpooleven with £100 million in their pockets.

However, the reality is that if Real Madrid come calling to make Suarez the next Galactico, it would be difficult for a player from a Latin background to refuse the biggest club in the Latin world. 

If that happens sooner rather than later, Liverpool will be in deep trouble. Gus Poyet alluded to this fact recently. Scott Wilson of The Northern Echo quoted Suarez's countryman via Twitter.

The Sunderland manager said:

Suarez has shown Liverpool great commitment after previously wanting to leave, per Laurie Whitwell of the Daily Mail, but this might be only a temporary stay before he travels to pastures new. 

If that is the case, Liverpool will have to rebuild all over again.

They need to take their opportunity to win the title this season, as they may never get a better chance than they have right now. 


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