Liverpool Transfer News: Latest Updates on Ezequiel Lavezzi, Loic Remy and More

Nate LoopFeatured ColumnistJuly 28, 2014

Argentina's Ezequiel Lavezzi gestures during a training session at Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, June 30, 2014. On Tuesday, Argentina will face Switzerland in their next World Cup soccer match.  (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
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Liverpool's only true remaining goal in the summer transfer dealings is shoring up the forward spots following the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona.

Impossible as it may be to replace Suarez's considerable gifts, that is the task of the Liverpool brass as they attempt to build upon the success of last season without the main source of scoring from said campaign.

Sky Sports' Trevor Francis gave his take on Liverpool's silly-season dealings.

"Brendan Rodgers will tell you that the squad is stronger, deeper and he has more quality there, but I think most Liverpool supporters will be concerned about taking 32 goals out of the team," he said, via a report from Sky Sports.

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Loic Remy's reportedly failed medical has ramped up the discussion regarding the Reds, although Queens Park Rangers believe that the deal could still go through, per the Daily Mirror's Darren Lewis and David Maddock:

QPR chiefs are furious at Liverpool for claiming that Loic Remy’s £8.5million switch to Anfield has collapsed. Rangers still consider the deal is on and are also annoyed that the news leaked out from Merseyside yesterday afternoon. The move is understood to have hit the rocks over Remy’s failure to pass a stringent medical. But further tests are planned on the France international today.

If the Remy deal is still on, he would still make an excellent cut-rate option for the Reds. He's the type of player who makes a strong contribution while still leaving the club the financial flexibility to make another big purchase if need be. However, the medical dealings have put a huge damper on this potential bit of business.

It has also put Liverpool squarely back into the thick of transfer conversations, and the names of a pair of forwards have cropped up in the media.

According to The Mirror's Alex Crook, Liverpool could be set to make a bid for Southampton's Jay Rodriguez after manager Brendan Rodgers contacted the club about the player's availability.

The Daily Express' Jamie Anderson notes that Liverpool have been frequently linked to Paris Saint-Germain's Ezequiel Lavezzi:

Spanish newspaper Marca have highlighted PSG's need to offload Ezequiel Lavezzi amongst others, to ensure their £63m offer doesn't exceed Financial Fair Play regulations.  Liverpool have frequently been linked with a bid for the Argentine striker, but the news of his possible exit could accelerate a deal. And the last second refusal to sign QPR forward Loic Remy will only add fuel to the fierce speculation surrounding Lavezzi's arrival.

The 29-year-old Argentinian isn't a goalscoring machine—just nine goals in Ligue 1 play last year—but he's used to big-time competitions and knows how to play with a quality striker after working with Zlatan Ibrahimovic at PSG. This bodes well for a potential pairing up top with Daniel Sturridge.

Rodriguez's 15 goals were a great haul for Southampton, but he might not be quite as well developed as a passer than the other two options, a necessity in Rodgers' intricate attacks. 

If Liverpool are to make a move on any of these three strikers, Remy might still be the best bet.

Lavezzi made the majority of his appearances at left forward last season, which may not be what Rodgers ideally has in mind. Remy made 17 appearances at striker last season and came up with nine goals, a much better rate than Lavezzi did out wide with PSG.

None of these three players are particularly enthralling, but Suarez is a very tough act to follow. Liverpool have done a solid job plundering Southampton's stockpile of young talent, but it might not be enough to keep pace with the other top clubs in the Premier League.


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