Liverpool close in on £35m duo

Liverpool are preparing for life without Luis Suarez by closing in on deals for Lazar Markovic and Divock Origi, according to reports from BBC Sport.

The Uruguayan looks set to leave Anfield for Barcelona in the coming days for a fee of around £70m.

With the potential increase to his transfer coffers, Brendan Rodgers has set about closing in on top targets to boost his side’s chances next season without their talisman.

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It is understood that a fee or around £10m has been settled with Origi, who will discuss personal terms with the Merseysiders this week.

Signs coming out of the club are encouraging regarding the 19-year-old, who will likely be loaned back to Lille for next season to continue his development.

Markovic is the next man on the agenda, with the Serbian ace having originally been mooted as an alternative to recent signing Adam Lallana.

Benfica have reportedly accepted an offer of around £25m for the 20-year-old attacking midfielder, who is also wanted by Chelsea.

Liverpool are still waiting on news regarding Alexis Sanchez, whom they want included in Suarez’s switch to Barca.

The Chilean is thought to favour Arsenal or Juventus, but the Reds are hoping that he can be convinced in the coming days.