Acute footballing mind Brendan Rodgers has a vision of how he wants his team to play and of how he sees Liverpool progressing. For a player to fit into this, they must possess a number of key skills and personality traits, namely - "strong technique, football intelligence, strong mentality" with a high work-rate and "tactical knowledge".
Liverpool were one of the Premier League greats to watch in the 2013-14 season as Rodgers demonstrated a flexibility in formation, exceptional man management skills and his ability to nurture fine, young talents such as Raheem Sterling. His deployment of Steven Gerrard in a deeper role has revitalised the England international and he has gotten the very best out of consensus top three world level footballer Luis Suarez.
Out of all the league clubs in the top flight, it is Liverpool who have been rewarded the most money in terms of combined prize fund allocation and television revenue. A £97.5m windfall was cited yesterday as a £6m higher income than broadcast figures Bayern Munich received at the same point, last season.
Rodgers will no doubt be entrusted with a large transfer kitty when the market reopens for trading, as the Ulsterman will look to significantly enrich and enhance his squad so that he has the necessary quality and numbers to campaign on three domestic fronts, as well as mid-week Champions League football.
Speaking to the club's official website, Rodgers gave an insight into the type of players he would be looking to bring to Anfield: "Our criteria that we look for is players with strong technique and football intelligence. They need to mentally have the attitude and the capacity to learn. And they have to be so hungry to fight for every ball on every day in training and in the game.
"You'll get some players who are specialists and who need to play in particular positions, but if we can get players in who are multi-functional, and can play in different roles and are multi-dimensional in their work, it sets us up and gives me more options."
He continued: "We've developed tactically over the last couple of years. Our style has been the same, but the structure of the team has changed a number of times in order to fit the needs of the games and to give problems to the opponent.
"In order to do that, you need players with the capacity to be tactically intelligent. It also allows you to keep your squad smaller and tighter."
In the past two weeks, Liverpool have been linked with moves for Southampton hotshot Adam Lallana, Suarez's Uruguay strike partner Edinson Cavani, Barcelona attacker Cristian Tello, Chelsea veteran Ashley Cole and Manchester City defender Micah Richards.
Bearing in mind the "multi-functional" clue Rodgers provided, Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano could be the ideal fit. The Argentine represented Liverpool before in a defensive midfield position yet has shown in La Liga that he is equally adept at centre back. Mascherano, 29, has a transfermarkt.co.uk of £13m and recently gave an indication that he would leave Camp Nou in the coming months.