With the transfers of Lovren and Origi this week Liverpool are still in the hunt for a couple of new players to strengthen a squad which was lacking at the end of last season.
Last season was a very productive and progressive stage for Liverpool as they regained Champions League football and came second in the Premier League. At one stage in the closing part of the season Betfair had Liverpool as the favourites and it looked as if Liverpool were going to take their first ever Premier League title, but Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea spoiled any chance by playing a defensive formation. A main problem with Liverpool was the squad depth which was depleted with several injuries mainly to Sturridge, Gerrard and Enrique. There are several areas where Liverpool need to strengthen before the end of the transfer window so that they do not have the same problems as last season.
The main areas in which Liverpool need to focus on are both full back positions. With Jose Enrique back from a long term injury there is still a need for a new player to slot into the left back spot as Rodgers feels that Enrique is not the man for the job. With Alberto Moreno and Ben Davies deciding not to transfer to Liverpool, the club are limited in their options with recent speculation linking the reds with Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon. With this said Liverpool should also look into Wolfsburg left back Ricardo Rodriguez who is aged 21. He has made 75 appearances for Wolfsburg and 22 appearances for Switzerland. The right back spot also needs to be looked at as the performances of Glen Johnson last season were extremely poor. There has been talk about Jon Flanagan filling the right back spot but as he played left back last season there needs to be assurance with the right back position in regards to performances. In this position Javier Manquillo has been strongly linked with a two year loan with the option to buy at the end.
Another area where Liverpool need to strengthen is the attacking section. With Loic Remy’s transfer ceasing, Rodgers now has a tough task in finding a replacement transfer deal with the rejuvenation in the chase for Wilfried Bony. At the moment Liverpool have Daniel Sturridge as their first choice striker, with Rickie Lambert to be backup. This may be problematic as Sturridge tends to get injured at least once throughout the course of the season. Fabio Borini looks likely to move on towards Sunderland with the transfer fee to be around 14 million pounds which means that Liverpool will need to purchase another Striking option to add more depth to the squad. Brendan Rodgers spoke about how he would of liked to have Origi with them this season which would of added more quality towards Liverpool’s squad but he knew that for the transfer to go ahead he would have to send Origi back to the club on a one year loan deal.
With all this said it looks as the most promising transfer target for Liverpool is Wilfried Bony who is valued at around 20 Millions pounds. With just over two weeks left until the start of the new season Liverpool should decide whether they will stick to their full backs or move for replacements which will obviously boost the squad even further.