5 Big-Money Stars Liverpool Should Spend Luis Suarez £75M On
Brendan Rodgers confirmed this week that Liverpool's summer spending so far has not been reliant on the £75 million they are receiving for the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona—opening up the door for further transfer activity before the summer is out.
Having already brought in Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana from Southampton, Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen and Benfica forward Lazar Markovic, Rodgers says the club will be shrewd with all aspects of spending, quoted by Dominic King of the Daily Mail as saying:
Luis going gives us the clout to go and spend more and we are getting the right type of player in.
We won’t spend just for the sake of spending — it has to be the sort of player who is going to improve us.
Whether that means any big "marquee" signings are made is up for debate—after all, the key to Rodgers' success at Liverpool has been creating balance in his team, rather than stars.
Nevertheless, a big-name and big-money signing would certainly prove Liverpool's intentions for a season challenging for the Premier League and Champions League titles.
With the lure of playing in UEFA's elite competition as well as £75 million in the kitty, here we look at five stars Liverpool should look to sign this summer.
Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels is fresh off the back of World Cup heroics with Germany and is widely regarded as one of the world's best defenders.
His leadership, agility, height and strength would certainly benefit Liverpool's leaky defence, which last season conceded 50 goals in the league alone.
Transfermarkt values Hummels at €30.8 million.
Another Dortmund star, Marco Reus is undoubtedly the most exciting German player to have not won a World Cup winners' medal.
Injury in a warm-up friendly prior to the tournament forced Reus out of action, but nevertheless he remains a vital part in the future of Joachim Low's Die Mannschaft.
Creative, fast and intelligent on the ball, Reus' presence in Liverpool's attack would go a long way to filling the void left by Suarez, and if David Maddock of the Daily Mirror is to be believed, the 25-year-old tops Liverpool's transfer wish list.
Transfermarkt values Reus at €44 million.
Moreno is one of the most exciting talents in Spanish football and would be the ideal candidate to fix Liverpool's ailing left-back problems.
Benedikt Hoewedes of Schalke has shown versatility of late, switching from his usual position at centre-back to left-back for Germany's World Cup campaign.
At 26 years old, Hoewedes has the experience and strength to bring some valuable assets to Liverpool's defence.
However, he recently signed a new long-term deal with the Bundesliga side, as per Sky Sports, which would likely force his transfer fee up, if Liverpool were to consider purchasing him.
Transfermarkt values Hoewedes at €14.8 million.
Another fix to Liverpool's left-back problems, with the versatility of centre-back, would be World Cup finalist and Argentina defender Marcos Rojo.
Rojo had an impressive World Cup, standing out in numerous placid Argentina performances in Brazil this summer.
At 24 years old, he has a bright future ahead of him and has already been linked with a move to Liverpool—Jamie Anderson of the Daily Express suggesting the Reds and Arsenal were both keen to sign him back in May.
Transfermarkt values Rojo at €4.84 million.