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 C that could be on Rodgers' radar this summer...
Juan Cuadrado, Colombia
Rodgers will look to add a winger this summer having failed to land the likes of Willian, Mohamed Salah and Yevhen Konoplyanka over the past 12 months. Fiorentina star Cuadrado has been dazzling defences throughout the season in Serie A, and his pace would add another dynamic threat to an already potent Liverpool attack.
Luis Muriel, Colombia
The potential absence of Falcao means that a number of Colombian strikers will be hoping to impress to make Jose Pekerman's side, and Udinese striker Muriel is one of them. A strong and pacey forward whose technique has earned comparisons to Brazilian legend Ronaldo, the 23-year-old could be the perfect foil for Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, with Rodgers reportedly eyeing up a £17m swoop.
Wilfried Bony, Ivory Coast
If Rodgers wants to add something different to his attack, then he should look no further than Swansea City powerhouse Bony. Having arrived from Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem for a club-record £12m last summer, the 25-year-old repaid the Swans' faith by hitting 16 goals to keep Garry Monk's side in the Premier League. Expected to play as a backup to Didier Drogba this summer, Bony could play a key role for Sabri Lamouchi's men.
Konstantinos Mitroglou, Greece
He may have flopped with Fulham since his January move, but there is obvious talent with Mitroglou. The former Olympiacos striker hit 19 goals in 39 games before his switch to West London, but the 26-year-old struggled with form and fitness at Craven Cottage. A reported target for Rodgers earlier this season, Mitroglou could impress this summer and be given another Premier League chance behind Suarez and Sturridge.
Hiroshi Kiyotake, Japan
Rodgers has long been looking to add more attacking midfield help, and having seen Nuremberg relegated from the Bundesliga, Japanese international Kiyotake could be on his radar. A threat from long range and from set pieces, the 24-year-old playmaker would be the perfect cover for Philippe Coutinho - and given that Nuremberg went down, he could be had for a bargain price.
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