Anfield has been a hive of activity in the summer transfer window so far, and with a few weeks of it still remaining, business looks like continuing to boom.
In the wake of Luis Suarez’s £75 million switch to Barcelona last month, manager Brendan Rodgers has been busy trying to put the Uruguayan’s staggering transfer fee to good use and has succeeded in giving the Reds the depth that they so sorely needed.
However, he’s not done yet, and here we take a look at a pair of high-profile stars that could be donning Liverpool's famous shirt in the coming weeks.
German sensation Marco Reus’ name has been doing the rounds in the rumour mill throughout the transfer window, and it looked for all the world as if Spanish champions Atletico Madrid had secured his services.
However, it seems that Reus won’t be plying his trade in La Liga anytime soon, as Atletico CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin made it clear that the 25-year-old was never on the club’s wish list, per TVE, via Wright:
"Reus has never been on Atletico's agenda and his profile does not fit with what the team currently need."
While he may not be what Diego Simeone's side need, he’d undoubtedly have a place in the setup at Anfield, and Atletico’s lack of interest may give Rodgers the motivation to pursue.
Improving the front line is something that the Liverpool boss himself has said is a priority in the coming weeks, with Suarez’s goals and assists needing to be replaced, per Liam Prenderville of the Daily Mirror:
The money is there—and we will look to improve at the top end of the field until the very end of the window. You just never know what will happen in that last week—the window will always throw up something. We will persevere, and the boys are working hard behind the scenes to see what information we can get on the availability of player.
Though never a 30-goals-per-season player, Reus has proved during his time with Dortmund that he knows his way to goal, as WhoScored.com revealed:
With Liverpool having some expert goal poachers up front, Reus' brilliance on the assist front could prove very useful, and with a reported release clause of just £20 million, he’s a bargain buy, too.
It’s all just a question of Rodgers using his powers of persuasion to get the German international in red, but when taking into account the wonders he’s worked in the transfer window so far, it’s well within the realms of possibility.
Signing the phenomenal Radamel Falcao would have been beyond even the most optimistic of Liverpool fans’ wildest dreams not so long ago, but it could soon become a reality.
The striker is seemingly on his way out of Monaco before the transfer window closes, but his next destination is yet to be decided.
As Rob Draper of the Mail on Sunday revealed, Falcao isn’t satisfied with life in Ligue 1 and looking to move away in the next couple of weeks.
Draper writes that Real Madrid is the 28-year-old’s club of choice, but with UEFA’s financial regulations to adhere to, the Spanish giants aren’t in a position to take Falcao on a permanent deal.
A loan switch doesn’t appear to be a possibility for the Colombian, either, meaning that Liverpool can now swoop in and land his signature.
Rodgers has been an admirer of Falcao for some time, and while Real Madrid still appear more likely than most to secure his services, the Liverpool boss will be waiting in the wings if a move to the Spanish capital doesn’t materialise.
While the striker would cost the Reds upwards of £200,000 per week in wages and come with an astronomical price tag, such an expense is just the cost of success for Rodgers and Co.
Rickie Lambert and Daniel Sturridge are two outstanding talents, but you get the sense that Liverpool need to replace Suarez with a player of equal, mind-blowing brilliance.
Though the club have invested smartly all over the pitch, a world-class striker is needed to complete the puzzle—something that Jamie McLaughlin of Metro agrees with:
“It already has been a busy and productive summer of transfer business by Liverpool this summer but if they could add someone like Falcao to their squad then it would make something close to a perfect summer.”
Depth is an all-important factor when it comes to challenging for silverware, and Liverpool being back in the Champions League next term means they need the best players that money can buy to enjoy the campaign.
Falcao certainly fits that description, and while his transfer could see the Reds break to bank, it may all prove to be worth it.