With Anfield welcoming back Champions League football for the first time since 2009 next season, the Reds are keen to strengthen their squad as much as possible, and thus, plan to take the 20 year-old on loan next season with the view to a permanent deal.
Having represented Spain at every level from the U20s downwards, Manquillo is highly-rated in his home land. There are also concerns that contract rebel Glen Johnson, whose deal expires next summer, may have to be sold either this summer or in January, meaning the Atletico Madrid defender could soon be privy to a surprise starting role.
But as Rodgers counts the pennies of Luis Suarez’s £75million move to Barcelona, Manquillo will unlikely be the Mersey outfit’s final acquisition of the summer.
With that in mind, here’s a list of FIVE Liverpool targets who could soon follow the young Spaniard’s lead…
Another La Liga hotshot Liverpool are known to be courting is Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno:
— Barclays League (@BarclaysLeague) July 17, 2014
The 22 year-old is very much the Spanish top flight’s equivalent to former Southampton prodigy Luke Shaw, famed for his fluency going forward and having made the No.3 slot his own at Estadio Ramon Sanchez.
The young defender was in fine form last season, muscling his way into the Spain senior fold, playing a vital role in Sevilla’s Europa League title and also netting three times in 29 league outings. Here’s the vitals from his 2013/14 campaign:
And a quick look at the Roja international in action:
Liverpool have been chasing Moreno since the end of last season, but with Los Palanganos seemingly holding out for an incredible, potentially unjustifiable offer, recent speculation suggests the Reds could turn their attentions to Chelsea’s Ryan Bertrand:
Liverpool have revived their interest in £8m rated Chelsea full back Ryan Bertrand http://t.co/rx48MOfQzg
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) July 24, 2014
— EPL Stat Man (@EPLStatman) May 28, 2014
Along with Javier Manquillo, Liverpool are also expected to officially announce the signing of Loic Remy within the next 24 hours:
— Liverpool Echo (@LivEchonews) July 21, 2014
Since arriving in the Premier League in January 2013, the 27 year-old – who passed a medical at Anfield yesterday – has claimed 20 goals in 40 Premier League appearances – including 14 goals on loan to Newcastle last term, as shown in the video below…
And who can forget this wonder-strike for parent club QPR at the end of the 2012/13 campaign…
The France international may not be quite the calibre of now-Barcelona star Luis Suarez, but in terms of compensating for his firepower, capturing Remy’s signature in an £8.5million deal is certainly a step in the right direction.
Another attacking target that appears to be moving ever-closer to an official Anfield arrival is Belgium international Divock Origi:
— Metro Sport (@Metro_Sport) July 22, 2014
The Lille striker boasts just six goals in 40 appearances from his short Ligue 1 career, but thoroughly impressed for the Red Devils at the World Cup, his defining moment being this winning goal against Russia:
The versatile forward is frighteningly quick, and at just 19 years of age his potential for further growth is enormous. Here’s some of Origi’s career highlights to date:
It’s believed a £10million fee has already been agreed, but rumoured interest from an unnamed club could provide late complications.
It’s no secret that Dejan Lovren has become the object of transfer desires on Merseyside, with the Southampton defender handing in a transfer request some time ago.
The Croatia international joined the South Coast outfit from Lyon last summer and has since proved to be a major coup. A near eternal presence in their backline, the Saints finished the season with the fifth-best goals conceded record in the Premier League.
The 24 year-old’s individual performances were equally impressive, with his 2.7 interceptions per match only bettered by three Premier League centre-backs…
Offering relative pace, comfort on the ball, an astute reading of the game and dominance in the air, Lovren is an incredibly impressive, complete defender, as demonstrated in the video below…
Southampton remain incredibly reluctant to sell after losing Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana, but recent speculation suggests a deal for Lovren to the value of £20million could be imminent:
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) July 21, 2014
Following Luis Suarez’ departure to Barcelona, Liverpool appear determined to land a marquee signing this summer and recent speculation suggests that could come in the form of Real Madrid hotshot Isco:
Liverpool ‘make enquiry for Real Madrid’s Isco’ – Liverpool have reportedly enquired about signing Real Madrid mid… http://t.co/4FbFmxjLmx
— Metro Sport (@Metro_Sport) July 20, 2014
The attacking midfielder is highly rated in Spain, having claimed 30 goals and 17 assists over the last three seasons and produced some impressive form last term in his opening campaign at the Bernabeu:
But a change in formation at the turn of 2014 saw the 22 year-old’s game-time drastically reduced, originating rumours that he could be in line for a summer departure, and subsequently seeing him miss out on a place in Spain’s World Cup squad.
And following the £65million and £20million arrivals of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos respectively, allegations have once again surfaced that Los Blancos would be prepared to sell.
No doubt, Isco is a sensational talent. Just check out his goals and assists from last season:
But Liverpool will face stiff competition for the Spain international’s signature from Manchester City. Manuel Pellegrini brought Isco through from the Malaga youth ranks and tried to bring him with the Etihad last summer.