Liverpool Transfer News: Top Targets Lined Up to Ease Luis Suarez Loss

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2014

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 11:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Newcastle United at Anfield on May 11, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez looks to be on his way out of Anfield with La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona eager to sign him up even after his recent four-month ban for biting

Reports suggest that the Reds are prepared to let the controversial Uruguayan go for £80 million with the Camp Nou outfit favourites to sign him up, per Sky Sports

While Suarez will be a huge loss for Liverpool—he top-scored in the Premier League last season—such a huge transfer fee would allow them to bring in top-quality replacements.

Let's take a look at some of those players being targeted by the Reds to ease the blow of losing Suarez.


Alexis Sanchez

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 23:  Alexis Sanchez of Chile looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between the Netherlands and Chile at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 23, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Barca's Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez has long been rumoured as a target for Liverpool, and according to the BBC's Ben Smith, the imminent arrival of Adam Lallana, per Andy Hunter in The Guardian, has not dampened the Reds' desire to sign the Chilean:

Indeed, Anfield legend Phil Thompson believes that the deal for the 25-year-old star's move to Merseyside is already complete, per Jack Wilson in the Daily Star:

Just yesterday I heard things from people, newspaper guys who are very close to the ground at Liverpool, saying that the Sanchez deal was actually done.

If that is indeed the case, it would be a terrific piece of work from Reds boss Brendan Rodgers who has already completed the signings of Southampton's Rickie Lambert and Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can.

Sanchez scored 19 goals and claimed 10 assists in La Liga last season, per, and his arrival would most certainly soften the blow of losing Suarez.

He is currently starring for Chile as they head into a last-16 clash with Brazil at the World Cup and would be a perfect fit in Rodgers' counter-attacking philosophy.


Lazar Markovic

Benfica's young forward Lazar Markovic is reportedly of great interest to Rodgers as he looks to build a new team from the money received for Suarez, per Metro:

The Reds boss has been keen on Markovic for some time and is now set to meet Benfica’s £20m buy-out clause for the Serbian.

The 20-year-old would help reshape Liverpool’s attack, with Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez also possibly on his way to Anfield as part of the Suarez deal.

Football writer Jan Hagen is convinced the 20-year-old will become a top star but is not ready yet for a first-team spot at Liverpool:

However, Rodgers has proven with his handling of the likes of Raheem Sterling that he knows how to mould young players by giving them confidence and opportunities.

Markovic could become a true star at Liverpool, and for someone so young, he has shown a great deal of potential which would be worth the Anfield outfit splashing out on.


Xherdan Shaqiri

MANAUS, BRAZIL - JUNE 25:  Xherdan Shaqiri of Switzerland acknowledges the fans after a 3-0 victory over Honduras in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E match between Honduras and Switzerland at Arena Amazonia on June 25, 2014 in Manaus, Brazil.  (Phot
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According to Nick Lustig in the Daily Star, Liverpool lodged a £15 million bid for Bayern Munich youngster Xherdan Shaqiri before the start of the World Cup and are close to agreeing terms for the winger after meeting with his agent and brother, Erdin. 

Shaqiri previously stated back in May his desire to leave the Bavarian outfit having been unable to tie down a first-team spot, per 20 Minuten via Wayne Veysey on

England is an option. If I leave Bayern, it will be a club far from Germany but it has to be a club where I could win titles.

The 22-year-old is a potential world star and bagged a hat-trick for Switzerland against Honduras at the World Cup on Wednesday, the BBC's Kevin Kilbane commenting on its quality:

Shaqiri's pace—and especially his strength—would add something new and different to Liverpool's attack, while he would most certainly benefit from being given a more regular starting role at Liverpool.

In order to adequately replace Suarez, Liverpool will likely have to bag at least two of these three targets. But that is not completely out of the question, and Rodgers has already proven his worth in the transfer market.

He is targeting the right kind of player to fit into his tactical philosophy and certainly bagging Sanchez would be a particular coup as he is already proven at the very highest level.


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