Despite a flurry of new faces coming through the Anfield door this summer, Liverpool look poised to make one more significant foray into the transfer window.
That's after Brendan Rodgers failed to rule out the prospect of making more signings following the Reds’ 3-0 hammering of Tottenham at White Hart Lane, although the Liverpool boss admitted there’s likely to be a lot more players on their way out of the club than coming in, per Rhys Turrell of the Daily Star:
Players will mostly be going out rather than coming in. Maybe one more will come in.
A few boys have been told they aren't going to get much game time so they have been given that respect early on to help themselves find a club.
The man coming in could well be former Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes after reports emerged Liverpool could be set to snap up the Spaniard on a free transfer. In addition, Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva looks as though he could be on the way out of Anfield.
Here’s the very latest details on both of the aforementioned players as the Merseyside outfit look to cap off a frantic window with a prosperous Deadline Day.
Liverpool Eye Spanish Stopper
The Reds are hoping to bolster their goalkeeping options by snapping up Valdes, who remains a free agent after leaving Barcelona.
The news was reported by Tony Barrett of The Times on Twitter:
Liverpool have lined up a move for Victor Valdes but are prepared to wait until the autumn in order for the free agent to prove his fitness.— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) September 1, 2014
As pointed out by Barrett, the player is currently recovering from a major knee injury and Liverpool could subsequently hang fire when it comes to making a move for him. But the prospect of Valdes joining up with the Reds is certainly an enticing one.
Here’s why he was considered one of the best goalkeepers around during his time with Barcelona:
The 32-year-old would offer plenty to this Liverpool squad. Not only would he add both quality and depth to an area that the Reds are currently a little short, but he’d bring with him a wealth of experience and an unwavering winning mentality.
He’s a player that’s sampled success on the domestic, European and international scene, and that kind of nous could be vital to the Reds’ cause. Especially with Rodgers looking to build a side that’s otherwise bristling with exciting but pretty inexperienced young players.
The fact that Valdes is currently unattached affords the club more time to make a decision regarding the player’s acquisition, but they’ll be aware of the Spaniard’s stock, which remains high. As the player gets back to a level nearing full fitness, there’ll be a host of clubs interested in getting him in board; the Reds must ensure they’re at the front of the queue.
Lucas Set For Deadline Day Departure?
The long-serving Brazilian is one of the players that could be on their way out of Anfield, per Dominic Fifield of The Guardian, but he was quick to quash rumours on social media suggesting that he’d held talks with two Premier League clubs.
@indykaila so you giving wrong information to your followers.— Lucas Leiva (@LucasLeiva87) August 31, 2014
Nonetheless, it’d still be a big surprise to see the midfielder at Anfield by the time the transfer deadline comes and goes. He’s a player that’s been a fine servant to the club, but as Rodgers has steadily impinged his principles on this team, Lucas has started to become an increasingly peripheral figure.
Despite enduring a tough start to his Anfield career following some far-from-convincing performances, Lucas is a player that eventually won over supporters with his industrious and tenacious playing style. But serious injuries have punctured his progression over the past few seasons, putting a halt to any momentum he's been able to accrue.
Should he leave, Lucas' potential suitors will be picking up a player that is capable of rediscovering that performance level given the game time. But as Liverpool continue to evolve under the tutelage of Rodgers, the stark reality is that the club have simply outgrown him.