With Fabio Borini successfully moved to Liverpool, new manager Brendan Rodgers has sent a message that changes are on the way for a club that under-achieved in the 2011-2012 season.
Though the Reds have landed their top target, additional moves appear to be forthcoming, as the Reds attempt to plug some smaller holes on the roster.
One of those holes may be at the wing, as Gerard Deulofeu continues to be a target. With Rodgers looking to instill a new culture at Anfield, Deulofeu's skill set might be ideal. The Spaniard has been credited for his speed and ball control, as well an aggressive approach to the game.
A report by The People linked the 18-year old Barcelona B-teamer to both the Reds and Queens Park Rangers. While QPR are looking to bring in Deulofeu on a loan opportunity, Liverpool hope to acquire him in a permanent move. Deulofeu is reportedly happy at Barcelona, but yearning for first-team action, so he might be more inclined to accept a loan.
Deulofeu is valued at about £7.5 million, but it wouldn't be surprising if Liverpool upped their bid to add the starlet.
Another Rodgers target is Swansea City midfielder Joe Allen, according to Daily Star. The 22-year-old Welsh prospect has spent his entire professional career with Swansea, including two years under Rodgers's tutelage. Tottenham showed interest in Allen in January, according to Metro and The People.
Allen played a key role in Swansea's successful 2011-12 season with his pin-point passing and disciplined play. He has a price tag of about £15 million, which is nearly the same amount the Reds paid for Jordan Henderson last year.
While Liverpool have their sights set on adding talent, they continue to show signs of moving players out of Anfield, as well. Slovakian centre back Martin Skrtel continues to be mentioned in transfer speculation.
The 27-year-old has been linked to Zenit St. Petersburg and Manchester City by The Times. In June, Daily Mail reported that City were preparing a £20 million bid for Skrtel. Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala have also reportedly shown interest in Skrtel, who has been with the Reds since 2008.
The fate of Andy Carroll is also in doubt. The forward has been involved in endless chatter about his future with the Reds, as Newcastle and Fulham appear to be the frontrunners for the striker.