Two things are clear in terms of Liverpool’s transfer targets and opportunities. Reds manager Brendan Rodgers is specifically gunning for back line reinforcements and possibly no defender presently with the club has absolute job security.
Adding any extra defensive help for the rest of the ever-tightening Premier League race is essentially out of the question, so Liverpool is manning up for next season as well as a likely appearance in 2014-2015 Champions League. Bolstering the back line is highly necessary for any of Liverpool’s championship dreams.
Martin Skrtel and Glen Johnson are the two defenders with the most starts in all competitions this season, but the rest of the defense could be relegated to the bench or sold off. Especially Joe Allen, who was tied to transfer speculation earlier this year.
As to who Liverpool would bring in with its reported £60 million transfer budget, the search appears imminent to start in Spain.
When the week began, Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao’s name emerged once again, and several days later Sevilla’s Alberto Moreno has popped up on the Reds wish list.
The 26-year-old Coentrao is trapped behind teammate Marcelo, and his agent has reportedly spoken with Liverpool officials about a switch. Coentrao’s career would hardly miss a step, as he would go from one team contending for UCL this season to another next season. Convincing the player is one thing, but Madrid are asking for a minimum of £11.5 million for Coentrao, barely a tick below his perceived market value.
Moreno, 21, could prove more difficult to bring to Anfield, with Liverpool one of five clubs vying for his services. According to Metro, the Reds join fellow English heavyweights Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City hoping to land Moreno, but the report also designates the Spaniard as a consolation prize for those who miss out on Southampton’s Luke Shaw.
Moreno’s fee is believed to be in the £30 million price range, a hefty sum for full back. Sevilla has invested a great in Moreno's growth from youth camp to first team.
Rodgers is also intent on adding depth to his attack, namely in the form of Benfica forward Lazar Markovic, also picked up by Metro. As if they needed more motivation, should the Reds clinch the EPL title Markovic will apparently be more inclined to snub Chelsea for Merseyside.
The 20-year-old Serbian has made 23 appearances and scored five goals in his first season in Primeira Liga, and he’s signed through 2018 with a valuation of roughly £8 million. Chelsea were reportedly well in the lead to sign him, but snatching Markovic right out from under Chelsea could be Liverpool’s version of pay back as well. The Blues swooped in on Mohamed Salah at the last minute back in January.