Liverpool Transfer News: Latest Rumours and Reports on Reds' Summer Targets

Stuart NewmanFeatured ColumnistMay 31, 2014

Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers during their English Premier League soccer match against Newcastle United at Anfield in Liverpool, England, Sunday May 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Clint Hughes)
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With Champions League football back at Anfield in the 2014/15 season, Liverpool will be desperate to add to their squad as Brendan Rodgers' talented puzzle nears completion.

The Liverpool manager masterminded a second-placed finish in the Premier League last term, with the 52-goal strike partnership of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge doing the damage.

However, Rodgers is still keen to improve his offensive line and recently agreed a deal for Southampton and England striker Rickie Lambert, who impressed with the south-coast outfit last season.

Lambert scored 13 goals and assisted 11 more—per WhoScored.com—and he's a player whom former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler thinks will fit in perfectly on Merseyside—as BBC Sport reported:

From a Liverpool point of view, it's a perfect fit. For £4-£5m it is a fantastic piece of business for a recognised English striker who is proven in the Premier League. He's probably a little bit different from what we've got already but he's a Liverpool lad and all his family are from Liverpool, so straight away you are going to get that extra 10 per cent from him. He will give his all.

Fowler knows a thing or two about scoring goals in the famous red shirt, having notched 129 goals over two separate spells with the club during his career—according to SoccerBase's statistics.

The 32-year-old Lambert has been one of several shining lights in Southampton's fruitful 2013/14 campaign, playing an integral role in Saints' eighth-place Premier League finish.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MAY 11:  Rickie Lambert (L) of Southampton celebrates with team mate Adam Lallana (R) after scoring during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Manchester United at St Mary's Stadium on May 11, 2014 in Southampt
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Another player whose contribution to Southampton's cause was unquestionable is fellow Englishman Adam Lallana, who is also reportedly on Liverpool's radar as their St. Mary’s raid continues.

After seeing a £20 million bid rejected earlier in May, Liverpool have reportedly made an improved £25 million offer for the talented 26-year-old—per Sky Sports.

Lallana, who looks to have secured a place in Roy Hodgson's starting line-up for the 2014 World Cup with England, played just over 70 minutes in the Three Lions’ 3-0 friendly victory over Peru on Friday and looked comfortable throughout.

A player with his composure and ability to provide a telling pass before a goal would be perfect for Liverpool, plus his knack for playing in the wide positions would give the Reds the out-and-out winger that they crave.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 30:  Adam Lallana of England and Mario Velarde of Peru compete for the ball during the international friendly match between England and Peru at Wembley Stadium on May 30, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Imag
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Lallana's nine goals and six assists last season—per WhoScored.com—showed that he's ready to step up and mix it with the Premier League elite, and with the World Cup fast approaching, the sky appears to be the limit for the St. Albans-born midfielder.

It's all well and good Liverpool adding attacking players to their setup, but what they really need are a few defenders to bolster their shaky back line.

As Liverpool Data's statistics show, the Reds conceded 50 goals in the 2013/14 campaign, the most in the league's top five by a considerable margin:

With that in mind, Rodgers has reportedly launched a bid for Sevilla's Spanish left-back Alberto Moreno, who impressed with the La Liga outfit over the course of the last campaign—per Sky Sports.

The 21-year-old has been capped twice for Spain but failed to make the final 23-man squad for Brazil, meaning that a deal could be finalised over the coming weeks.

SEVILLE, SPAIN - MAY 30:  Alberto Moreno of Spain competes for the ball with Juan Carlos Arce of Bolivia an international friendly match between Spain and Bolivia at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on May 30, 2014 in Seville, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/G
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Moreno plays with flair and looks to get forward at every opportunity, though he never neglects his defensive duties as a result of his attack-minded nature—something that current right-back Glen Johnson comes under mass criticism for.

Johnson looked uncomfortable with every touch during England’s friendly victory over Peru, and with Moreno's signing on the horizon and Jon Flanagan improving with every performance, the former Chelsea man may struggle to earn a starting berth next term.

Shipping 50 goals in a single season won't be fixed with the signing of one young left-back, though, and Rodgers must also look to recruit a world-class centre-back to plug the hole in the Reds' leaky defence.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 05:  A dejected Martin Skrtel of Liverpool reacts following his team's 3-3 draw during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park on May 5, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDona
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It's something that the Liverpool boss will be very aware of as the transfer window livens up, though he told Sky Sports that his side's preparation is going well:

We are really preparing for next season. I've had some very good meetings with our recruitment team and we are very much together as one.

To make a real impact in the Champions League, Liverpool simply have to sign a defender or two, though having quality and depth in the squad with the signings of the attacking Southampton duo will be crucial in a busy campaign for the Reds.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 01:  Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool celebrates scoring the opening goal with Manager Brendan Rodgers during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on September 01, 2013 in Liverpo
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Whether or not Liverpool will have as good a chance to win the title next year as they did this remains to be seen, but adding the talents of Moreno, Lallana and Lambert will do their cause no harm.

Luckily for Liverpool fans, Rodgers isn't the kind of manager to make impulse signings just for the sake of putting pen to paper; his intelligent approach to squad building means that Reds fans can look forward to a bright future under his guidance.