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Liverpool: Defensive Comings And Goings Likely

Liverpool: Defensive Comings And Goings Likely

Summer transfer activity is seemingly far from done with a number of players, particularly at the back, still set for moves in and out of the club...

Liverpool have been amongst the most active performers in the current transfer window with six notable first team acquisitions made and a club record sale completed.

More activity is set to follow ahead of the September 1 deadline as Kop boss Brendan Rodgers tries to build on last season's Premier League runners-up spot whilst also juggling the rigours of a Champions League campaign for the first time.

The Northern Irishman, embarking on his third season at the Anfield helm, has so far predominantly focused on adding players in the final third to offset the high-profile £75m departure of top-scorer Luis Suarez to Barcelona.

Reflecting on the club's dealings post Suarez, Rodgers told the Liverpool ECHO yesterday: "Liverpool is not a selling club, that's for sure, but sometimes you lose your best player and the key is planning beyond that.

"All you can do is sell the club and sell the state it is in. We're in a really healthy position now.

"The conversations we've had with players and agents this summer has shown that the power of the club is back.

"Now we just need to have success and that ultimately will help us keep players."

Forwards Divock Origi and Rickie Lambert, plus attacking midfielders Lazar Markovic and Adam Lallana, have all been recruited but it was at the other end of the pitch that Liverpool struggled the most last season.

A half century of goals were conceded and the Reds have already begun to address the issue with a £20m outlay on Southampton centre-back Dejan Lovren.

After missing out on left-backs Ryan Bertrand and Ben Davies, who have joined Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur respectively, Rodgers has also revived his interest in Spanish international Alberto Moreno.

Indeed, managing director Ian Ayre is believed to be in Spain right now to broker a deal for the Sevilla star, as well as Atletico Madrid youngster Javier Manquillo, who plays on the opposite side of the defence and could be joining initially on loan.

Outgoings, meanwhile, could include vice-captain Daniel Agger, who is thought to be interesting Barcelona, and Uruguayan defender Sebastian Coates.

The latter of whom has impressed Rodgers during pre-season, particularly after missing almost all of last season with a serious knee injury.

"He's done very, very well," analysed the 41-year-old ahead of tonight's match with AC Milan in Charlotte. "He's a big boy but he can play football. Lovely touch, lovely technique but he can pass the ball, and he can be aggressive."

Despite the praise, the 23-year-old, who signed for £7m three summers ago, is unlikely to be retained with Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure also on the books.

"He's been at the club for a few years and the question has to be asked whether he gets enough games that will satisfy his own personal need, because he's a talent," added Rodgers.

"He's a real good guy as well, a humble man, never cries about not playing and accepts as a professional he won't play in every game.

"But he's worked hard to get fit after his injury last season, he now looks fit and he's done well in the games so we'll see what the rest of the summer holds."

Liverpool will be hoping to achieve upwards of £20m for the pair, which is roughly the same price Sevilla want for Moreno.

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Writer:Gavin Kelley-Day
Date:Saturday August 2 2014
Time: 5:51PM

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