The World Cup group stage is over, and many players have caught the eye with their impressive displays ahead of the transfer window.
Group E went pretty much as predicted, with France running out as group winners following a couple of convincing displays, whilst Switzerland claimed the second qualifcation spot ahead of South Americans Ecuador. Again, to nobody's surprise, Honduras ended up bottom of the group, scoring just one goal in three games.
There were plenty of impressive performances in Group E, and whilst it was France and Switzerland who went through, nobody caught the headlines more than Ecuador striker Enner Valencia, who hit three goals in three games to really put himself in the spotlight. Yet with bigger ambitions than signing the Pachuca front man, Liverpool should be instead looking to finally strengthen their defence.
When the Reds collapsed to a 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace despite having led 3-0 with around ten minutes to play, it became clear that Liverpool's defence simply wasn't quite good enough to get them over the finish line in their pursuit of the Premier League title. As a result, manager Brendan Rodgers simply has to add some players to his back line - particularly at left back.
The injury to Jose Enrique last season left them short at left back, and whilst a deal to sign Sevilla's Alberto Moreno appears to be dead, Rodgers can now instead look towards Switzerland's Ricardo Rodriguez.
The Wolfsburg man was one of the stars of the group stage after two assists against Ecuador, and he continued to impress throughout as Ottmar Hitzfeld's men went through to the knockout stage. The 21-year-old has since been linked with a move to Anfield, and with his ability in both defensive and attacking phases of the game, Rodriguez would be the perfect addition to the Liverpool defence.