Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he still wants to bring in “one or two” more signings before the close of the transfer window at the end of this month. The Merseysiders have been one of the most active sides in the transfer market this summer, recruiting seven players. Many of those played their part in a 4-0 victory in Liverpool’s final friendly against Borussia Dortmund on Sunday that earned Rodgers’s full praise but that was also followed by him calling for further strengthening.
“I have been really pleased with all of the signings because they have all come in as part of our strategy and the types of profile of players that we want,” he said, according to Sky Sports. “There are maybe one or two more to come, but come the end of August I think we will hopefully have depth in our squad and be ready to challenge.”
Following the departure of Luis Suárez to Barcelona, and despite the arrival of Rickie Lambert, Rodgers may well be keen to increase his forward options. In recent days he has been linked with doing so by landing one of the world’s premier strikers. Radamel Falcao is believed to be looking for a route out of Monaco this summer and was reportedly the subject of an inquiry from Anfield. That is said to have been rebuked by Monaco, with Liverpool being told that the Colombia international, who is regaining fitness after a serious knee injury, was destined for Real Madrid. That transfer has still to transpire, although the player’s father has hinted that it remains a possibility.
“I can't rule out that my son might leave,” Radamel Garcia said, according to the Daily Mirror. “But the only thing I can say is that, for now, he has a contract with Monaco.”
With that in mind, the Mirror is reporting that Rodgers’ first-choice to join Lambert and Daniel Sturridge as forward options is Swansea City’s Wilfried Bony. Indeed, the story states that Rodgers is keen for Liverpool to pay the £19 million release clause in the contract of a player who moved to the Welsh club from Vitesse Arnhem for a fee of £12 million a year ago. The Ivorian showed he could succeed in the Premier League with 16 league goals in his first season. However, despite that impressive return, Liverpool’s “transfer committee” is said to be far more reticent than Rodgers about matching Swansea’s valuation.
Elsewhere, Liverpool could be set to fill one of the most obvious voids in the squad by finally completing a deal for Sevilla’s left-back Alberto Moreno. The Daily Mail is among the publications now reporting that the Spain international will move to Anfield following Sevilla’s participation in the UEFA Super Cup against Real Madrid on Tuesday. The 22-year-old came through the youth ranks at Sevilla and has made three appearances for Spain, but missed out on their World Cup squad this summer.
Perhaps eager to replace some of the stardust lost with the departure of Suárez, Liverpool are one of a number of clubs to be linked throughout the summer with Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus. A transfer has always looked unlikely, not only because of the competition Liverpool would face, but because Dortmund have no intention of losing another big name following the exit of Robert Lewandowski.
According to Spanish publication AS, Bayern Munich’s poaching of Lewandowski, together with their capture of Mario Götze the previous year, means that the German champions have even less chance than any other club of persuading Dortmund to sell them Reus. Yet any optimism Liverpool may take from that fact will be tempered by Spanish champions Atlético Madrid reportedly having now entered the race for the attacking midfielder’s signature.