Even if Liverpool's current ascension to the Premier League summit doesn't end in success, the Reds are sure to embark on plenty of transfer business across the summer.
Southampton's Adam Lallana is among the latest talents being linked with the club, while Iago Aspas' forgettable season outlines the Spaniard for a Merseyside exit. Here, we detail the latest news on individuals linked with the club, both in the arrival and departure lounges.
Liverpool Transfer News: Latest on Possible Anfield Targets and Exits
It seems Lallana is in high demand. As reported by Wayne Veysey of Goal.com, the classy midfielder has allegedly caught the attention of the Premier League's best:
Lallana is contracted to the Saints until 2018 after signing a new deal last year but those close to him believe that the next window could be the right time to move to one of England's marquee clubs.
Warren Haughton of talkSPORT believes Manchester United are favourites to secure the England international's signature. This would undoubtedly disappoint plenty of Liverpool supporters, as Lallana's creativity and natural passing game would fit in a treat at Brendan Rodgers' club. He is an ambitious player, someone who could add real quality to any side, and could be the subject of a summer bidding war.
Liverpool fans may never see the best of Iago Aspas. The former Celta Vigo striker has revealed he would rather leave permanently than exit on loan during a Spanish media interview, reported via 101 Great Goals (skip to 5.53 mins):
Aspas is a victim of the first team's success this season. He has been unable to knock Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling or Philippe Coutinho away from their starting roles, despite being able to play in many attacking positions. Aspas has made just five starts and eight substitute appearances in the domestic division and is yet to score a goal, recorded by WhoScored.com.
Lallana's arrival would further knock Aspas down the pecking order. Rodgers has filled his team with versatile attackers, and like we've witnessed with the loan exit of Fabio Borini, Aspas is unlikely to make an impact now the team is quickly progressing.
This rumour has continued to do the rounds in recent weeks, but now Alexandre Lacazette has spoken about a potential Lyon exit with specific mention of Liverpool. The lightening-quick French forward is also linked with moves to Juventus and Arsenal, appearing interested in a transfer that would propel him across Europe, per David Wright of the Express:
Would I like to play for Juventus? I’d be a liar if I said no. I’m tempted to try and experience abroad at a big club. And Juventus are one of the greatest clubs in Europe.
Are Arsenal and Liverpool interested in me? I repeat that an experience in another major championship fascinates me. But for now I just think of doing well for Lyon, the club where I have grown up.
Lacazette is enjoying an excellent season, despite Lyon's struggles. He has netted 16 goals throughout Ligue 1 and the Europa League, per WhoScored.com, having played a number of positions across the frontline.
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Rodgers would likely use Lacazette in a similar style to Sterling. The young Englishman often plays wide, but dominated from the centre against United, where he was able to take on the opposition's centre-backs. Lacazette is just as direct, pacey, and possesses superior finishing skills. He also excels in a striking role, making him an attractive prospect.
Liverpool fans can enter the summer transfer window in full confidence of Rodgers' ability to unearth talent. He is an expert at improving the game of players who show potential—think Sturridge and Coutinho—without spending too excessively.
Whether Lallana or Lacazette can be tempted remains to be seen. Right now, Liverpool's progress is suitably highlighted by the link to such exciting players.