Friday’s newspapers offer plenty of LFC rumours and reports – with quotes from Brendan Rodgers indicating that all money spent so far was lined up before Luis Suarez’s departure.
“The signings we have made have no relation to Luis going, absolutely – these were players that were always earmarked to come in,” Rodgers told reporters from The Echo, Times, Mail and Mirror.
That means that the £75 million from Suarez’s sale is still to be spent at Anfield.
“Luis going gives us the clout to go and spend more and we are getting the right type of player in,” explained Rodgers.
The manager warned though that players won’t just be signed for the sake of spending the money; it will only be spent if the right player can be brought in.
“We certainly won’t spend just for the sake of spending. It has to be the sort of player who is going to improve us.”
The players who are the leading names for arriving at Anfield this summer are Loic Remy, Ben Davies and Dejan Lovren – but the boss wants up to five new signings, in addition to the four who already arrived.
James Pearce writes of Liverpool’s increased interest in QPR forward Remy, with the player believed to have a £8 million release clause.
The Frenchman, who scored 14 goals on loan at Newcastle last season, would add depth to Liverpool’s forward options and also bring with him Champions League experience, having made 16 appearances, scoring four times, in the competition with Marseille.
On Lovren, Pearce writes “The Reds’ recent offer of around £20million for Lovren was rejected but the Croatia international remains desperate to make the move to Anfield.”
While Swansea left-back Davies is “also understood to favour joining Liverpool ahead of Tottenham, who are rivals for his signature.”
Meanwhile, a more speculative report in The Mirror claims Arturo Vidal, Paul Pogba and Marco Reus are on the club’s radar. Take that one with a pinch of salt.