Ranking Liverpool Transfer Targets in the World Cup Second Round

Max Munton@thisisanfieldLiverpool CorrespondentJuly 2, 2014

Ranking Liverpool Transfer Targets in the World Cup Second Round

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    With Mamadou Sakho and Simon Mignolet missing out on playing for France and Belgium respectively in the second round of the World Cup, Liverpool fans may have done their own mini-scouting missions to watch a range of reported transfer targets for their countries.

    The Reds have already got their summer transfer spending off to a good start with the arrivals of Rickie Lambert, Emre Can and Adam Lallana, and more are expected to follow before the season arrives.

    Here we rank the performances of Liverpool's reported transfer targets based on their performances in the World Cup second round.

    Four out of the five players on our list were eliminated from the competition, which may speed up Liverpool's progress in the transfer market.

    Who impressed you the most, and do you see them fitting in at Liverpool? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

5. Divock Origi

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    After scoring Belgium's winner in their group stage victory over Russia, Divock Origi was given a starting place against the USA in round two.

    As per Joe Krishnan of the Independent, Liverpool are close to securing a £10 million deal for the striker.

    A frustrating game for Origi saw him squander some clear-cut chances, and the 19-year-old Lille striker was taken off upon 90 minutes for the eventual scorer of the winning goal, Romelu Lukaku.

    The experience of such a high-pressure environment will have done Origi's development the world of good, and if he is to become a Liverpool player, will carry that experience with him to the biggest stages of club football.

4. Xherdan Shaqiri

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    Bayern Munich midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri's rumoured move to Liverpool may be less likely this week, after the Reds completed the signing of England's Adam Lallana.

    But the Independent's Tom Sheen says Liverpool haven't given up the chase for the 22-year-old yet.

    However, Shaqiri was one of Switzerland's best players as they heartbreakingly crashed out of the World Cup, thanks to Angel Di Maria's goal deep into extra-time after a scoreless 90 minutes.

    He had a pass accuracy record of 85 percent for the match and a rating of 7.5, as per Whoscored.com, and always looked like Switzerland's most likely player to score.

3. Ricardo Rodriguez

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    Ricardo Rodriguez made another bold claim towards being the saviour of Liverpool's left-back ailments with a valiant performance for the Swiss.

    He was Switzerland's best player, as per Whoscored.com, with a rating of 8.5.

    Rodriguez looked athletic going forward and intelligent in defence, ensuring Di Maria was ushered out of the game.

    Talk of Rodriguez moving to Liverpool has gone quiet lately, but Simon Jones of the Daily Mail reported last month that the Reds were keen to make a move for the 21-year-old after being priced out of signing Sevilla's Alberto Moreno.

2. Marcos Rojo

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    On the other end of Shaqiri and Rodriguez's heartbreak was Argentina left-back Marcos Rojo, who has also been linked with a move to Liverpool this summer, as per David Maddock of the Daily Mirror.

    One of Argentina's better players in a rather lacklustre performance from Albiceleste, Rojo had 100 touches of the ball throughout and won 82 percent of his passes, as per Whoscored.com.

1. Alexis Sanchez

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    Chile striker Alexis Sanchez would likely be part of any deal that sees Luis Suarez leave Liverpool for Barcelona this summer—a transfer saga that is sure to rumble on for some time yet, as per Paul Joyce of the Daily Express.

    Sanchez scored Chile's equaliser in their 1-1 draw with Brazil, but later saw Julio Cesar save his spot-kick in a dramatic penalty shoot-out.

    Sanchez was Chile's stand-out player of the game, according to Whoscored.com, with a rating of 8.3. He had a pass accuracy of 81 percent and won 40 percent of his aerial battles.