Liverpool’s latest summer raids on clubs willing to let go of some of their most valuable players has so far been a success with more signings looming before the transfer window comes to a close.
Unfortunately, in more recent news the rumours surrounding Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus appear to have taken a U-turn as the German club announced that the player will not go to Liverpool despite the bookmakers making Liverpool a clear favourite to gain the forward’s signature. Also, the latest links to Balotelli reportedly started by Brendan Rogers were quickly crushed in other news.
Despite a few set-backs as we look for a replacement for the £75 million offloading of one of the best strikers the club has seen, there was a very positive signing recently in the form of a young 19 year-old that will join the ranks in 2015. Divock Origi played for the Belgium international team in the World Cup participating in every game, and he scored! In the meantime, he will remain with Lille on a loan deal.
This is a clever move by Rogers as if we don’t manage to sign a striker and our current crop fall injured, we may be able to bring Origi into the team before 2015 as back up. Right now we have Daniel Sturridge and 32-year-old striker Rickie Lambert up front as guaranteed starters. As for additional signings, there are still options out there.
Wilfred Bony from Swansea is one of those options, and justifiably so. He scored 25 goals last season at Swansea City; a figure you cannot ignore considering The Swans don’t possess the flair or the delivery that Liverpool’s current crop offer. Bony is also pacey adding to the speed Liverpool already has in Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge.
With the addition of just one more striker, our next problem is in defence. Fortunately, Javier Manquillo is on his way to Merseyside for a medical adding another developing and already talented youngster to squad. Manquillo is only 20-years-old, and he can play on the left and right.
In addition to Manquillo, the £20 million deal for Dejan Lovren from Southampton was a massive signing to bolster our flailing defence last season and so two new signings in this department are very much welcome particularly in the face of Champions League football next season. In the meantime, rumour has it that Johnson could be offloaded for just £4 million as he only has 1 year left on his contract. A strange move maybe, but there are those that appreciate his contribution, and those that would like to see him go.
Adding to our flurry of midfield options, we also have Southampton’s 25-year-old Adam Lallana, bought for £25 million, and 20 year-old Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen picked up for a bargain £10 million. Plus on the flanks the addition of Benfica winger Lazar Markovic for £20 million is a welcome addition to the speed and agility of the attacking force the squad displayed so well last season.
All is looking positive in the Liverpool camp with an extension to what will be a busy season as we finally get back to Champion’s League football where the Reds truly belong.