Predicting How Liverpool's 6 New Signings Will Fit in the Team

Max Munton@thisisanfieldLiverpool CorrespondentJuly 21, 2014

Predicting How Liverpool's 6 New Signings Will Fit in the Team

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    Liverpool's summer transfer window has been a very busy one already, with four completed signings and two more set to come this week, as per Alan Smith of The Guardian.

    That tally could be further increased by the signing of Divock Origi, as per Tony Barrett of The Times. The 19-year-old Belgian international is expected to be loaned straight back to Lille, though, as reported by Kristian Walsh of the Liverpool Echo.

    With Liverpool's squad growing rapidly in size, and few confirmed departures so far, we take a look at how Brendan Rodgers' new signings will fit in at Anfield.

Rickie Lambert

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    Rodgers will give England international Rickie Lambert as good a chance as any of securing a first-team place, but ultimately it's difficult to see him being selected ahead of the likes of Daniel Sturridge and big-money attacking signings.

    Nevertheless, Lambert has an important role to play at the club, and his impact from the bench should not be underestimated, nor stereotyped.

    He is far more than the typical "plan B big man up front" option, providing a good touch on the ball and a deadly finish.

Adam Lallana

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    Having splashed out around £25 million on 26-year-old Adam Lallana, one may expect him to walk straight into the first-team and stay there.

    Liverpool have been attracted by Lallana's creativity and dynamic play to continue the exciting attacking displays shown at Anfield last season.

    However, the former Southampton man will need to prove himself, and with a growing plethora of attacking talent at Liverpool, his place in the first-team is by no means permanent.

Emre Can

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    The development of 20-year-old Emre Can will be a fascinating one, sitting in a very straight and old-fashioned central-midfield role, able to challenge a number of players for their places.

    Steven Gerrard was realigned as a deep-lying playmaker last season. The skipper sat in front of the back four but behind the midfield, and German under-21 international Can may be seen as a player to bring that play even further forward.

    What is more, Liverpool have a sharp increase in the number of matches to be played this season with their participation in the Champions League, and healthy competition for places between Can, Gerrard, Lucas Leiva, Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen can only be a good thing.

Lazar Markovic

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    Lazar Markovic's versatility is likely one of the main reasons he was seen as such an attractive option to Rodgers as to pay Benfica £20 million for his services this summer.

    A left-sided forward by nature, Markovic can certainly add goals to the team, but he can also create them and make plays.

    At just 20 years old and coming through his second transfer in just over a year, Markovic may well take time to adjust to the pace and physicality of the English game.

    Nevertheless, a front three of Markovic, Sturridge and Raheem Sterling looks to be a very exciting array of attacking ammunition indeed.

Dejan Lovren

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    It's no secret that Liverpool's defence needs shoring up this summer, having conceded 50 goals in 2013-14 and being handed a get-out-of-jail card by the Reds' impressive attack on several occasions.

    The adjustments needed look to start with Croatian international Dejan Lovren, who should complete a £20 million move this week, as per Alan Smith of The Guardian.

    Alongside Mamadou Sakho, Liverpool now have £38 million worth of defensive talent blocking the way to goal.

Loic Remy

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    The name Loic Remy may have surprised a few Liverpool fans when it emerged he will be signing for around £8.5 million from QPR this week, as per Dominic King of the Daily Mail.

    After all, Remy's career has been far from settled recently, spending last season on loan at Newcastle, where he scored 14 goals in 26 Premier League appearances.

    Rodgers will be looking for players who can add goals to his team following the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, and Remy fits the bill.

    However, finding a starting place for the French international among the likes of Sturridge, Markovic and Sterling seems unlikely.