Having sold their very own Elvis in Luis Suarez, Liverpool will be hoping they can replace his encapsulating talent with a few players with comparable ability. Not too dissimilar perhaps—and somewhat appropriately—to The Beatles.
Brendan Rodgers has a reported £75 million burning a hole in his pocket after confirming Liverpool had sold Suarez to Barcelona, per Oliver Todd of the Daily Mail, and now the Reds boss is looking to bring in a host of high calibre players to replace the mercurial Uruguayan.
The club have already confirmed the signings of four new players this summer, spending a substantial £57 million in the process. But the Liverpool boss has confirmed that the acquisitions of those players were not dependant on Suarez leaving Anfield, per Dominic King of the Daily Mail:
The signings we have made have absolutely no relation to Luis going – these were players that were always earmarked to come in.
We felt last year we never had the depth; we are in the Champions' League this year so we have to ensure we have a strong as squad as possible. Obviously Luis going gives us the clout to go and spend more and we are getting the right type of player in.
Liverpool supporters will be undoubtedly excited at the prospect of their club using their financial muscle in the window, but Rodgers will not want to disrupt the balance of his side too much. Three or four top-class players are the order of the day for the Reds’; characters that will complement what is already an extremely settled and very capable spine.
Here are a few players who would fit the bill.
Marco Reus Targeted As Liverpool Look For “Massive” Signing
According to David Maddock of The Mirror, Rodgers is looking to make a blue riband purchase this summer and he’s cited Reus, Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba as potential targets.
While both Vidal and Pogba would represent exceptional acquisitions, the player that’s sure to stir up the most excitement amongst the Liverpool faithful is Reus. Here’s a few reasons why:
Blessed with raw pace, supreme agility and an unnerving composure in front of goal, the Borussia Dortmund man has established himself as one of the most feared forwards on the planet.
Should signing Reus be Liverpool's primary objective this summer?
While Liverpool do have a plethora of attacking players on their books, Reus would offer an entirely new edge in the final third and if Dortmund are looking to cash in on their prized asset, Rodgers must convince the German international that Anfield is the best destination for him.
Reus wouldn’t be a direct replacement for Suarez, but he’s a player who, like the Uruguayan, could come into English football and take his game on to new heights. It’s the type of capture that would reaffirm Liverpool’s status as one of Europe’s premier sides, and show that despite the sale of their star player, they’ll mean business in the Premier League and Champions League next season.
Loic Remy Must Lower Wage Demands For Anfield Move
Rodgers is keen to get the Frenchman on board for the upcoming season, and although the Reds will have no problem meeting the forward’s £8 million release clause, his wage demands are a little steep.
That’s according to David Anderson and Darren Lewis of The Mirror, who claim that Liverpool have quaffed at the player’s wage demands. Remy is looking for a weekly salary of between £80,000 and £90,000-a-week. The same piece claims that the Reds are now in pole position to sign the 27-year-old after Arsenal and Tottenham both cooled their interest in the forward.
By signing Remy, Liverpool know what they’d be getting. He’s a player with a host of experience in European football and, perhaps most importantly, in the Premier League.
Liverpool have also been linked with a move for Swansea forward Wilfried Bony, although The Mirror’s John Cross thinks the French international represents better value:
RT @MirrorAnderson: Liverpool pursuing Remy over Bony. Can get Remy for £8.5m compared to £19m for Bony>> Remy will be great buy for someone— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) July 18, 2014
So he’d be a fine addition for Liverpool and a player that would be capable of replacing some of the goals yielded by the prolific Suarez. Now, with both of the north London sides having reportedly dropped their interest in Remy, he looks increasingly likely to be donning Liverpool red next season.
Isco On Reds’ Radar
Having signed Ronaldo in 2002, Fabio Cannavaro in 2006 and Mesut Ozil in 2010, Real Madrid have continued their patent for bringing in stars of the World Cup by acquiring the services of German playmaker Toni Kroos, with a deal for Colombian star James Rodriguez also reportedly set to be completed, per Paul Collins of the Daily Mail.
Naturally, that will lead to some of the club’s current crop being out in the cold and reports suggest that Isco could be set for a move away from the Bernabeu, per Goal.com (h/t Ben Jefferson of The Express).
The 22-year-old signed for the European champions last summer, and although his Real Madrid career started superbly, he struggled to make a major impact once Carlo Ancelotti deployed his favoured 4-3-3 system.
If Isco was to sign up at Liverpool he’d face comparable competition as an attacking midfielder. Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana, Raheem Sterling and Lazar Markovic will all be vying for that position behind the striker, although the Spaniard is arguably more talented than any of that foursome. Here’s a few reasons that justify that line of thought:
The former Malaga man has the ability to go on and become a world-class player, and while a move to Real Madrid would have undoubtedly been a dream for him, a transfer elsewhere looks as though it’ll be required if Isco is to realise his stellar potential. But, given Liverpool’s riches in attacking midfield, whether or not Rodgers pursues the player remains to be seen.