Liverpool Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of May 12
The morning after the final day of the Premier League season—which saw Liverpool finish second and, in doing so, achieve a 23-point swing from their total the year before—attention now turns to which players Brendan Rodgers will sign to strengthen his squad this summer.
With the World Cup likely to affect summer spending, there are suggestions that Liverpool will look to do their business early.
Rodgers will be looking to add quality to his team and improve the depth of the overall squad as they embark on a return to the Champions League.
A left-back, a centre-back, a midfielder and a forward are likely to be on Rodgers' wishlist.
Here are this week's LFC transfer links (updated daily).
-LAST UPDATED: Thursday May 15-
Moreno Top Left-Back Target
Thursday, 15 May
The Liverpool Echo report on Thursday that Spaniard Alberto Moreno is Liverpool's top target for left-back this summer. Their Liverpool correspondent James Pearce writes:
"The 21-year-old is one of the rising stars of Spanish football and is likely to command a fee in excess of £15million."
Moreno was part of the Sevilla side that lifted the Europa League on Wednesday night in Turin and is named in Spain's 30-man provisional squad for the World Cup.
Wednesday, 14 May
Could Javier Mascherano return to Liverpool this summer? It's a possibility according to John Cross of The Daily Mirror.
Cross claims the 29-year-old Argentinian is available for around £9 million and has his eye on a return to the Premier League, rather than apparent suitors Napoli.
Mascherano left Liverpool shortly after Roy Hodgson's appointment in 2010 after three years at the club.
He would certainly add some steal to Liverpool's midfield, plus top European experience—he's played in the Champions League final for both Liverpool and Barcelona.
With Steven Gerrard turning 34 this month, he won't be able to play every game in Europe and the Premier League, could Mascherano be a key man back at Anfield?
Monday, 12 May
The 26-year-old is quoted as saying, "I'm ambitious. I want to one day play in the Champions League."
The Mail claim that "Lallana will celebrate his call-up into Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad by sealing a £20 million move to Liverpool this week."
This rumour could progress fast.
Monday, 12 May
The 22-year-old was also linked with a move to Anfield last summer before joining Cardiff from Tottenham for £8 million.
He's a player who has worked under Brendan Rodgers before while on loan at Swansea City and fits the profile of player that Rodgers and the club's owners desire.
Michel Vorm Interest?
Monday, 12 May
Brendan Rodgers wants Swansea Dutch goalkeeper Michel Vorm to be one of his big summer buys, according to Alan Nixon of The Sunday People, via the Mirror.
Reports have linked Liverpool with another goalkeeper despite the team having spent £9 million on Simon Mignolet last summer, and Vorm is now linked with a move to Anfield again.
Mignolet has had an indifferent first season at the club but has shown impressive form on the whole and made some important saves at crucial times. The Belgian is only 26 years old and has a lot of room for improvement ahead of him.
It seems unlikely Liverpool would sign a keeper to replace Mignolet, but perhaps they will seek an experienced backup from whom Mignolet can also learn in training.