Liverpool are looking at Angel di Maria, Mario Balotelli and Romelu Lukaku as they step up their plans for life without Luis Suarez, according to reports from The Express.

The Reds recently agreed a fee with Barcelona – thought to be around £70m-£80m – for the 27-year-old forward, who has become the club’s talisman over the course of the past few years.

Suarez fired 31 Premier League goals to book the Merseysiders a spot in next season’s Champions League, which has left Brendan Rodgers eager to spend big to get a player in to help fill the void.

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With cash to blow, the Anfield side are chasing big names, with Lukaku, Di Maria and Balotelli all on their list.

Although not a striker, di Maria is seen as a good option, with the Argentinian able to play on either flank or in an attacking midfield role.

He’s available for close to £40m from Real Madrid, and is thought to be a player Rodgers admires.

Balotelli is perhaps a more orthodox replacement, but the Italian has a chequered history thanks to on and off-field misdemeanours.

Lukaku bagged 16 goals while on loan at cross-city rivals Everton, yet there are doubts surrounding his ability to step up to the biggest stage.

Liverpool are keen on all three as they bid to make a statement of intent following Suarez’s sale.

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