The 3 Big-Name Summer Transfers That Can Still Happen for Liverpool

Liverpool have been busy this summer, with seven signings confirmed and Alberto Moreno's arrival but a few administrative tasks away from making it eight. 

Rickie Lambert is the only deal that betrays a long-term vision. The oldest of the others is Adam Lallana at 26, with Dejan Lovren on the up at 25, Moreno just 22, Emre Can, Lazar Markovic and Javier Manquillo all 20, and Divock Origi just 19.

Ever the planner, Brendan Rodgers is investing in Liverpool's future, but the question to be asked is whether he has enough to sustain his team in the present?

Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City have all grown stronger this summer. Can we say the same for Liverpool? Not with a truly world-class player gone and nobody in that category new to the shirt. The top four, therefore, is less than a guaranteed proposition.

You might remember Luis Suarez scored 31 Premier League goals for Liverpool last season. Are we expected to believe Lambert, Lallana and Co. will fill that void? 

It's a stretch even for the most biased Liverpool fans to go that far. It's not just that Suarez's goals need replacing; also that Liverpool must find a way to generate the aura that came with him. Do we really expect Rodgers to go into a Champions League season without putting that right? 

Thus, if you're looking for that big deadline day deal, Liverpool could well be it - only this time it won't be Andy Carroll. This time it will be something a little bit special and in fitting with the mood of optimism around Anfield.

Here are three possible transfers that would go some way to negating Suarez's exit, and a long way to prompting every Liverpool fan on the planet to believing anything possible this season.


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1. Marco Reus, Borrusia Dortmund

Reus might not be the pure striker Rodgers covets, but those are few and far between this window - with Diego Costa snaffled up by Chelsea, Robert Lewandowski at Bayern and Radamel Falcao seemingly averse to calling Anfield his home this season.

Reus is a natural goalscorer, however, and a player with the swagger and flair to ingratiate himself very quickly to the Anfield faithful. He scored 16 times in the Bundesliga for Dortmund last season, and added five more in the Champions League.

At 25, he's an attacking midfielder approaching his peak and would represent a marquee signing to give Rodgers' side another dimension going forward. Reus can beat players with speed or slight of foot, and he's also adept at getting in behind defences. Once there, his finishing is clinical.

Would Dortmund countenance a sale? The club are desperate to keep Reus, but you'd imagine they were desperate to keen Mario Gotze and Lewandowski also, and money talks. After the sale of Suarez, Liverpool should have plenty splashing around and who knows what could happen at the final hour in this one. 


2. Edinson Cavani, Paris Saint-Germain

It seems increasingly unlikely Cavani will spend another season in Zlatan Ibrahimovic's beautiful shadow at PSG, with the French champions reportedly keen on Angel Di Maria and rumours suggesting they may even have asked Manchester United to swap Cavani for Wayne Rooney.

Cavani's agent has talked openly of the Uruguayan's interest in playing in England. With Liverpool offering Champions League football and a Suarez-shaped hole begging to be filled in their starting lineup, it's not much of a leap to comprehend a possible big-money move before the window shuts.

Cavani's imposing physicality and finishing prowess may make him an attractive target for Rodgers, who is overloaded with nimble, nuanced players and could badly use an attacking option to knock down doors and hold the ball up.


3. Gonzalo Higuain, Napoli

This one is the longest punt of the bunch, but Higuain rumours have refused to go away this summer and Liverpool would surely prick their ears if the Argentina international was offered up as a potential last-minute deal.

Higuain's buy-out clause is reported to be £80 million, however, which seems mighty steep unless you happen to have that kind of money in your wallet and you're really keen to spend it.

There's also the fact Higuain scored a lot of goals for Napoli last season and, rather selfishly, they may not want to sell him. But we've heard that one before, and we're also seeing odds of just 4-1 for him going to Liverpool before the window shuts. Nonsense? Quite likely.

That said, going big on Higuain might be Rodgers' only option if he's desperate to bring in a world-class striker this summer. And signing a 26-year-old South American, who can score goals from anywhere, is not a bad reaction to the departure of a 27-year-old South American striker who can score goals from anywhere.

Liverpool are 12.00 to win the Premier League and 2.00 to finish in the top 4.