World Cup 2014: Five Group F transfer targets for Liverpool - former Reds hero features

Javier Mascherano Argentina

The World Cup is not only football's biggest tournament, but it also serves as a shop window for players to impress onlooking clubs.

Liverpool's title challenge ultimately fell short as Manchester City stole in to take the crown in the final week of the season. Regardless of that late disappointment, Champions League football is finally returning to Anfield, and manager Brendan Rodgers will need to strengthen his squad if Liverpool are to compete domestically and in Europe.

There is bound to be a large transfer kitty at Rodgers' disposal this summer, and with the World Cup on the horizon, there will be a number of players catching his eye. Here are five players who will be playing in Group F that could be on Rodgers' radar this summer...

Marcos Rojo, Argentina

24-year-old Rojo has impressed with Sporting Lisbon this season, and his displays at centre back have attracted interest from Liverpool. Despite this, Rojo will feature at left back for Argentina at the World Cup, and it's versatility in both positions which will be so appealing to Reds boss Brendan Rodgers, who certainly needs to tighten up his defence this summer after throwing away the title.

Javier Mascherano, Argentina

It may seem unlikely, but with Barcelona's projected rebuild taking place this summer, former Liverpool midfielder Mascherano could be available. The 29-year-old established himself as a fans favourite at Anfield under Rafael Benitez, and whilst his time with Barca has been split between defence and midfield, the former West Ham man should start as a holding midfielder for Argentina.

Asmir Begovic, Bosnia

Liverpool only signed Simon Mignolet from Sunderland a year ago, but the Belgian had an up-and down debut season on Merseyside. His shaky displays have prompted speculation that Rodgers will look to add another shot stopper this summer, and Stoke City star Begovic would figure to be on the club's radar. A consistent performer for both club and country, Begovic will need to be in top form in Brazil if Bosnia are to progress.

Miralem Pjanic, Bosnia

Steven Gerrard won't be around forever and Liverpool have to start thinking about signing up his eventual replacement - or another partner for him. Roma star Pjanic has been in outstanding form this season in Serie A, scoring six goals and assisting six, generating a reported £25m price tag - which had Manchester United interested. Targeting the 24-year-old would be ambitious, but with money to spend this summer, Liverpool can afford to be audacious.

Ogenyi Onazi, Nigeria

In the likelihood that Pjanic is too expensive, Rodgers can still look to Rome for midfield help. Lazio's Nigerian international Onazi has drawn rave reviews for his performances in Italy, and the 21-year-old is valued at around £10m having impressed in the capital. Onazi should feature heavily for Nigeria alongside John Obi Mikel in the centre of midfield, but more good displays will surely drive his price tag up.

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