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The top five players linked with signing for Liverpool this week: Balotelli, Sanchez and more

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AC Milan, Barcelona, Southampton, Sporting Lisbon and Bayer Leverkusen stars all feature.

Brendan Rodgers has signed a new deal to stay at Liverpool, which means he can now focus on getting the right players in ahead of a very important campaign next year.

Liverpool have the resources to be competitive in the transfer market but Rodgers has always maintained that he won’t make signings unless he feels they will move the squad forward.

We’ve taken a look at some of the best players linked with Anfield moves this week.

Mario Balotelli (AC Milan)

Balotelli would be a very good signing for Liverpool because he’s a top class striker. The problem is that his ego means he won’t be content with sitting on the bench every week, which would initially be the case due to the world class partnership which has been formed between Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez.

Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona)

Sanchez is still being linked with an Anfield switch although the latest reports from Spain don’t make for good reading. They suggest that Barca don’t consider him a player they want to get rid of this summer, with Luis Enrique keen to use him next year.

Adam Lallana (Southampton)

Lallana is still being linked with the club though Mauricio Pochettino’s move to Tottenham has created speculation the England midfielder could follow him. Lallana is reportedly the subject of a price related tug of war with the Reds currently under the valuation Southampton have slapped on him.

Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisbon)

This could be one of the most difficult deals Rodgers is faced with this summer. The highly rated defender is also wanted by Barcelona as well as French giants Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain. It may also need the boss selling one of his current centre-backs to get the deal done.

Emre Can (Bayer Leverkusen)

Can remains a very realistic signing for Liverpool, but the problem seems to be his personal demands. Liverpool are reportedly ready to pay a £10 million fee to the Bundesliga club but his wage expectations apparently don’t fall in line with the way the Reds currently structure player contracts.

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