Southampton's Adam Lallana and Valencia's Daniel Parejo are reportedly top of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers' shopping list as he looks to strengthen his squad over the summer.
The Reds, who finished second in the Premier League this season, will be looking to go one better in 2014-15 and will also be playing in the Champions League for the first time since 2009.
Simon Bird in the Daily Mirror reports that Lallana is the first port of call for Rodgers, while a host of other players are also on his wish-list:
Liverpool are bidding for £25million England midfielder Adam Lallana, and want a deal done before the World Cup.
They are eyeing Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, and want Seville left-back Alberto Moreno.
Mirror Sport revealed earlier this week that Javier Mascherano could return to Anfield for £9million, as his contract at Barcelona only has a year left.
Steven Caulker of Cardiff is a centre-back under consideration.
The Southampton midfielder had a terrific 2013-14 campaign for his club and has been the subject of much transfer speculation after bagging nine goals and six assists in the Premier League, per WhoScored.com.
The 26-year-old capped a wonderful term by receiving a call-up for the England World Cup squad to compete in Brazil this summer, per the BBC's Tony Husband:
Three #saintsfc members in World Cup Finals squad. Lallana, Shaw and Lambert all go to Rio— Tony Husband (@TonyHusbandBBC) May 12, 2014
Lallana would be a strong addition to Liverpool's already formidable attacking core which includes Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling, amongst others.
Rodgers also reportedly wishes to add a host of defenders to his squad in the shape of Moreno, Mascherano and Caulker.
Liverpool desperately need to shore up their defence after a weak back line effectively cost them a first title since 1990. Opta reveals the extent of their defensive frailties:
50 - Liverpool have conceded 50+ goals in a 38-game top-flight season for the first time since 1914-15. Leaky.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 11, 2014
Silky Valencia midfielder Parejo is also a big target for the Anfield outfit, according to Simon Jones in the Daily Mail:
Liverpool have expressed an interest in Valencia midfielder Daniel Parejo.
The 25-year-old had a loan spell at Queens Park Rangers in 2008 but has put himself on the map this season at Valencia with some notable performances and goals - including one against former club Real Madrid in their recent 2-2 draw at the Bernabeu.
Jones reports that the 25-year-old's buy-out clause is £20 million and his versatility would provide good cover in midfield, especially for an ageing Steven Gerrard.
This stat, via WhoScored, shows the extent of the Spaniard's passing ability, which would be a great asset to this current Liverpool side.
Daniel Parejo: Has made at least 132 more passes (721) than any other player in the Europa League this season— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) May 14, 2014
There is no doubt the Reds need to strengthen, without a host of new players they will not have the resources to compete both in Europe and domestically next season.
It seems Rodgers is keen to get his business done early and start planning for next season. His current targets seem to be addressing Liverpool's defensive problems as well as adding strength in depth, which will be needed if the Reds are to improve on their return this season.