The next season will be a big one for Liverpool, making this a big transfer window.
This summer is seen as one of the most crucial for Liverpool. After coming within two points of the Premier League title and returning to the Champions League, new signings are seen as key if Liverpool are to kick on both at home and in Europe.
The names that have been bandied about are interesting. Southampton’s Adam Lallana is seen as hot property and has been widely reported as Liverpool’s number one target.
Lallana would give the side more options in midfield and towards the final third, where at times Liverpool didn’t have them last season when they perhaps could have done with someone to change the game. He also creates several chances and had a decent showing in front of goal, showing he would add even more to a side that has scored 101 goals in a season.
Also mentioned have been Bayer Leverkusen's Emre Can and Sevilla's Alberto Moreno, who are young left-sided players who can play in the more defensive positions, with the former operating predominantly as midfielder but has been talked of as being a versatile player.
The Liverpool defence needs strengthening this summer. Jon Flanagan made more appearances at left-back than any other player, and Jose Enrique spent a lot of time on the sidelines whilst Aly Cissokho was covering. Liverpool need quality in the full-back positions.
At the heart of the defence, Dejan Lovren’s name has been mentioned after an impressive debut season at Southampton, and is certainly a tough-looking player, whilst a possible reunion with Cardiff City's Steven Caulker for Brendan Rodgers has been mentioned – though some may question why the club would pursue a centre-back of a club that has just been relegated.
The two players in question seem to be young, up and coming players. They seem to fit the mould of what the transfer committee at the club are looking for, and playing into the hands of Brendan Rodgers who, as the past two seasons will have shown, is very good at developing younger players. Flanagan and Raheem Sterling are examples of that.
Rodgers has said that he would like to strengthen all areas of the pitch, and that includes a goalkeeper. The prime target seems to be Michel Vorm. He seems to be a safe option with Premier League experience, and certainly upgrade on Brad Jones – with all due respect – and is likely to provide sterner competition for Simon Mignolet.
Though goalkeepers are probably in their prime at an older age compared to outfield players, at the age of 30, some will question that move but it is hard to get a young goalkeeper to be competitive with someone else holding the number one jersey without somehow hampering their development, it would seem.
Then there are the strikers. There have been some eye-opening rumours about Liverpool targeting Barcelona’s Pedro and Alexis Sanchez – both of whom would excite fans if the speculation surrounding a possible move to Merseyside were to become a reality, even if it does seem a little far-fetched. Wilfried Bony’s name has also been mentioned after an impressive debut season at Swansea City.
In the rumours that seem to have the most ‘legs’ – the likes of Lallana, Emre Can, Moreno, the players would be taking a step up to the improve the squad, and the manager will try and develop them as much as possible, as you can do with versatile midfielders and wide players.
When it comes to strikers, central defenders and a goalkeeper, Liverpool are being linked with more players that are regarded as proven at a certain level, and at the more defensive end of the field they probably won’t excite fans as much – then again when did defenders really excite?
Overall, they are interesting names that are being linked with moves to Anfield during ‘silly season’ but they all seem to have a purpose. Of course, it would be surprising if every name linked with Liverpool would sign, but if some of the signings become more concrete, the make-up of the Liverpool side next season could be an interesting one.