The tail end of last season saw Liverpool hit an extraordinary run of form that nearly delivered their first ever Premier League title. Brendan Rodgers has been a busy man already during this summers’ transfer window as he looks to build a side that will go all the way this time around.
Here’s a summary of Liverpool’s big moves in the transfer window so far.
Luis Suarez (Barcelona £75m)
In the Premier League last season Luis Suarez stole the show as he claimed the PFA Player’s Player of the Year, FWA Football of the Year and Premier League top scorer. The reformed badboy, famous for controversial on pitch confrontations, showed the world just how good he is and lead Liverpool to within two points of their first ever Premier League title.
With qualification for the Champions League secured many Liverpool fans hoped that they would be able to keep one of the worlds most talented players at Anfield for next season but this wasn’t to be the case. After a controversial World Cup, which saw the Uruguayan banned for four months for biting an opponent, the 27 year old made his big money move to Barcelona.
Suarez was loved by the Anfield faithful and loathed and feared by opposition fans in equal amounts. Undeniably talented, almost always controversial, the Premier League has lost one of the stars of the show.
So, with £75m to spend, who has Rodgers seen fit to build his squad with?
Rickie Lambert ( £4m Southampton)
At first the signing of 32 year old Rickie Lambert looks like a strange signing for Liverpool, but scratch beneath the surface and you see the method in the madness. While Lambert maybe past his prime and doesn’t have much time left at the top he is a proven goal scorer.
With Suarez gone Lambert, who scored 14 in the league last year, will act as a reliable back up to the first choice strikers and will give Rodgers an extra tactical weapon in his arsenal.
Adam Lallana (£25m Southampton)
Liverpool’s second signing of the summer from St Mary’s the midfielder makes move up north. Lallana had an impressive season last year scoring nine, earning his first England cap and making the England World Cup squad.
The 26 year old offers attacking creative spark through the middle and his partnership with former teammate Lambert could play it’s part at Anfield this coming season.
Dejan Lovren (£20m Southampton)
Have you spotted the pattern yet? The third man to switch Southampton for Liverpool was 25 year old center back Dejan Lovren. The Croatian was part of an extremely impressive Southampton back line last season and could prove vital to Liverpool’s title push.
Lazar Markovic (£20m Benfica)
Now here’s an exciting player, a gamble maybe, but a player of huge potential. At just 20 years old Markovic helped Benfica to a domestic treble last season scoring seven goals.
The winger has lightning pace, quick feet and an eye for a pass. He could prove to be one of the stand out young players in the Premier League last season.
Emre Can (£10m Bayer Leverkusen)
Yet more strength in depth for Rodgers, Emre Can joins Liverpool from Leverkusen for £10m. The Germany under-21 international is another up and coming star of world football whose potential is yet to be realised.
One to watch for the future.
Divock Origi (Lille £10m)
The 19 year old has signed a 5 year deal with Liverpool after an impressive World Cup. He won’t feature at Anfield this season though, part of the agreement sees Origi loaned back to Lille.
All things considered it’s been a mixed window so far for Liverpool. There’s no doubting that they will miss Suarez this season, no team could lose a player a of that quality and not suffer. However, it seems Rodgers has bought wisely. A good mix of the young and the promising and experienced and established Premier League players. It’s a strong squad but will they go all the way this year? Only time will tell.