The summer transfer window officially opened at the start of July, and in the age of social media, that means rumours and speculation are currently flying in from every direction. Liverpool are expected to be busy during the summer (and already have been), so, naturally, plenty of rumours revolve around the Reds.
Let's have a look at some of the latest rumours surrounding the club and the deals they might be making over the course of the next few weeks.
Luis Suarez On His Way To Barcelona?
Obviously, this is the big one. According to TV3 (h/t to Metro), Liverpool have reportedly accepted a £63 million bid for their star striker from Barcelona, with the deal to be made official once the Uruguayan completes his medical with the club.
According to Metro, Suarez told Liverpool he was ready to move on to the club following the controversial biting incident he was involved in, and the strong reaction from the British press.
There seems to be a lot of confusion surrounding the terms of a potential deal, with some media outlets claiming the quoted price tag of £63 million would refer to the player's wages paid over a five-year period and the actual selling price being higher.
The Sunday Times' Tony Evans summed the situation up quite nicely:
An offer exceeding £63 million for a controversial player with some mileage on his tires seems far too good to be true at this point, but even said price tag would be incredible value for the Reds.
Yes, Suarez has been the club's most productive player in recent years, but £63 million (or more) is a lot of money for any club not backed by an oil tycoon. Add to that the controversy and the reports the player himself asked for a move (per Metro), and this becomes an extremely good deal for Liverpool.
It's never easy losing your top player during a transfer window, but in this case, it looks to be the best move for all parties involved.
Southampton Rejects £18 Million Offer For Dejan Lovren
According to Sky Sports, the Saints are holding out for a £25 million bid for Croatian international Lovren, despite only investing £8.5 million in the player just one year ago.
Lovren is reportedly keen on joining former teammates Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana at Anfield, and with the Reds able to offer the centre-back an immediate starting position on a Champions League team, his interest in a move is understandable.
Southampton have already sold a number of key players, however, and with any financial needs out of the way, they can afford to exercise patience and wait for what they deem to be the right offer.
As desperate as the player might be for a move, the Saints hold all of the cards here. Clubs like Arsenal and Manchester United would love to add a player of his caliber to their backline, so Liverpool can't afford to make an offer for the player and tell the Saints to "take it or leave it."
The connection with Lambert and Lallana keeps the Reds in the running as favourites, however, and both clubs are still expected to eventually work out a deal.
Divock Origi Will Spend Next Season At Lille
The Mirror's Darren Lewis claims the Reds have already completed a deal for Belgian international Origi, while Diabo (via The Express Ben Jefferson) quoted Marc Couke, owner of Lille's sponsor Etixx, as saying a deal hasn't been made yet:
I'm not sure whether Lille will still be the owner of Origi next season - there are large amounts offered.
But in all the discussions it is the intention that he will be sold and still play a year in Lille.
That would also be magnificent for the Belgian fans who go to watch Lille.
Whichever the case may be, it seems very likely the forward will be sent back to Lille on loan once the move has been completed. The 19-year-old is a great athlete with excellent potential, but he's also very raw.
His strong showing at the 2014 World Cup has fans swooning over his potential, but Origi's production for Lille last season was rather pedestrian, scoring just five goals in 30 total Ligue 1 appearances per WhoScored.com.
Origi would be an excellent signing for the Reds, but don't expect him to make an impact at Anfield anytime soon. The striker still needs several years of seasoning before he's even remotely ready to become a productive striker in the Premier League.