New Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers may have yet to make his first splash in the transfer market, but reinforcements could soon be on the way. I'm looking forward to bringing in three or four players that can really affect the group, Rodgers has told TalkSport.
For a long time it seemed that Rodgers' first order of business would be hijacking former club Swansea's bid to secure the permanent signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson. The Icelandic midfielder had made a stunning impact at the Liberty Stadium and looked set to ink a long-term deal from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim before Rodgers' departure.
But, despite Rodgers having worked with Sigurdsson both at Swansea and Reading, it appears that the 22-year-old will not be following the Northern Irishman to Liverpool. It has been widely reported that Sigurdsson will instead become new Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas' first signing at White Hart Lane.
Whatever his decision, according to Hoffenheim boss and former Reds defender Markus Babbel, all will be revealed in the coming days.
Gylfi Sigurdsson is nearing agreement with a Premier League club, Babbel told Hoffenheim's official website. It's all about the final details. I am assuming that the transfer will be completed by the end of the week.
If reports are to be believed, Liverpool could also be set to do battle with Tottenham over the signing of Demba Ba. The Daily Mirror reports that Rodgers may seek to take advantage of a clause in the Senegalese's contract at Newcastle that allows him to leave for £7 million, if a deal is done before the end of July.
Ba made a big impact with the Magpies last season after a free transfer from West Ham, scoring 16 Premier League goals. Given the striker's worrying knee problem any deal for the 27-year-old would be a risk, but at £7 million it may be one worth taking for a proven Premier League goal scorer.
One player that looks unlikely to be arriving at Anfield is France's No.1 Hugo Lloris. Several reports in recent days have linked Liverpool with making a move for the Lyon keeper but the Liverpool Echo has said that the club has no plans to replace current stopper Pepe Reina.
The 29 year old was a member of Spain's victorious Euro 2012 squad. However, a series of errors last season had led to suggestions that the club may be looking for an upgrade this summer. It appears, though, as Rodgers still has plenty of faith that Reina will rediscover the form that saw him viewed as one of the Premier League's best between the sticks.
Another key first-team member that Rodgers appears keen to hold on to is Luis Suarez. Recent reports have linked the Uruguayan with a move to Juventus, with the Daily Mail claiming that the Scudetto winners were preparing a cash-plus-player deal. And Rodgers has said he expects the forward to stay at Anfield.
I've had a brilliant chat with Luis, he told TalkSport.
He's really looking forward to being here and we are obviously hoping that we can get him on to another new contract. He's really looking forward to the new season.