5 Liverpool Transfer Targets on Show at 2014 World Cup
The transfer rumour frenzy is already well underway, but the 2014 World Cup will provide a welcome distraction with football every day when it kicks off in two weeks.
For Liverpool fans, it is a chance to catch a glimpse of some of the new players that may join Brendan Rodgers' squad next season, with several individuals having already been linked with moves to Anfield this summer.
Here we look ahead to five players who could shine for their countries at the 2014 World Cup—and potentially for Liverpool in 2014-15.
After weeks of speculation linking Adam Lallana with a move to Anfield, the Southampton midfielder is expected to make his World Cup debut with England next month.
With just under an hour played, Lallana was brought on for Jack Wilshere in England's last outing—a 1-0 friendly victory over Denmark in March.
The Saints man made a massive impact, lifting a wonderful cross to Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge, who's header won the game in front of the Wembley crowd with less than 10 minutes remaining.
England have group games against Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica.
The Reds are favourites to sign Lallana this summer, but Mauricio Pochettino's appointment as new Tottenham boss has thrown that into doubt, according to Dominic Fifield of The Guardian.
Chile international Alexis Sanchez was recently linked with a move to Liverpool from Barcelona this summer, as per Paul Hetherington of the Daily Star.
The 25-year-old is his nation's standout player.
With Rodgers looking to bolster his attacking options this summer with new first-team players in order to challenge for both the Premier League and Champions League, Sanchez could be ideal.
Chile face Australia, Spain and Holland at this summer's World Cup.
Much was made of Liverpool's defensive ailments last season. While most transfer speculation has centred on attacking transfer targets, Rodgers will be keen to plug his leaking defence.
Southampton's Dejan Lovren has been one of the few central defenders linked with a move to Anfield so far this summer, with Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express amongst those to pair the 24-year-old Croatian international with Liverpool.
Croatia face Brazil, Cameroon and Mexico at this summer's World Cup.
Should Liverpool fail in their attempts to sign Lallana this summer, they will chase Bayern Munich attacker Xherdan Shaqiri, according to James Dickenson of the Daily Express.
Still only 22, Shaqiri is a rising star of the German Bundesliga.
The 2014 World Cup will provide a massive opportunity for Ottmar Hitzfeld's young Swiss side to establish themselves firmly on the international football map.
Shaqiri provides great pace and control on the ball and will provide good value for money at the World Cup.
Switzerland face Ecuador, France and Honduras in the group stage.
Highly rated Barcelona attacker Pedro has been targetted by Rodgers this summer, per David Maddock of the Mirror.
Having played 37 of Barca's 38 La Liga games during the 2013-14 season, it seems unlikely they will be willing to let the 26-year-old go easily.
Pedro's pace and exciting talent could make him a star of Spain's World Cup team, but competition for places will be tough.
Spain face Holland, Chile and Australia in the tournament's group stages.