Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers expressed in a press conference his desire to spend more cash in the transfer market. Already, Liverpool have signed four players: Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Emre Can and just recently Lazar Markovic. However, these four were planned long before the departure of Luis Suarez and according to Rodgers, were always on the agenda, regardless of what happened to Luis Suarez.
“The signings we have made have no relation to Luis going, absolutely – these were players that were always earmarked to come in, Rodgers confirmed.
“We felt last year we just never had the depth and we are in the Champions League this year so we have to ensure we have as strong a squad as possible.
“Obviously Luis going gives us the clout to go and spend more and we are getting the right type of player in.
“But we certainly won't spend just for the sake of spending. It has to be the sort of player who is going to improve us.”
This means that the £57 million the club have splashed out already has been covered by much of Suarez's £75 million. This gives Liverpool a profit of £18 million, add on the money Liverpool already had in the transfer kitty, plus any possible sales, Liverpool have a lot of space to manoeuvre in.
The Mirror is the latest media publication to link Liverpool with a move for Borussia Dormund's Marco Reus. According to them, "he [Brendan Rodgers] will also target a genuine big hitter in midfield, with even Germany’s Marco Reus on his wish list."
They have also linked Juventus duo Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba. Juventus have been widely reported to have cash-flow problems and need to sell one of the two. Manchester United have pulled out of the Vidal deal as they are playing hard-ball over the fee Juventus require. Meanwhile, Chelsea have targeted Pogba but are believed to prefer Khedira duo to finances. Therefore, should Liverpool target any of the two, they would be first in the queue.
In the press conference, Brendan Rodgers opened up on Liverpool's constant failures to sign top name players and insisted that there is nothing to worry about.
“I don't think we will struggle to attract players,” he said. “Sanchez was one where geography dictated where he wanted to go, simple as that.
“It’s been the other way [too]. Lots of players are really impressed by what we are doing as club and really excited about coming here.
"It wasn't a lack of ambition, far from it. The player and his family simply wanted to choose to live where they did.
"He’s a fantastic player. He would have suited us. His profile would've been great. But it was not to be and we move on.”
Elsewhere, Loic Remy has usurped Wilfried Bony as a potential target. Both the Liverpool Echo and The Mirror have pointed out this is down to complications in pursuing Bony. Money is also a factor as Remy has a clear release clause of £8 million.
Other targets include Southampton centre back Dejan Lovren and Swansea full-back Ben Davies. Liverpool are still trying to negotiate a deal for Lovren whilst they are pondering on whether to increase their bid for Davies. Tottenham have had an £10 million bid accepted, though it is assumed Davies prefers a move to Liverpool over Tottenham.