Liverpool’s is gearing up to be extremely crucial. The business they’re able to do may all depend on what European competition they’ll be competing in next season.
Secure Champions League football and they’ll be in the transfer market and big players, but if they have to settle for the Europa League then they may be forced to settle for everyone else’s scraps.
As things stand, it looks like it could be the latter. Having been crushed by Arsenal last weekend, Brendan Rodgers’ side now trail fourth placed Man City by seven points with just seven games to play.
But that hasn’t stopped them from being linked with some of Europe’s most sought after players. So we put together a cheeky list of all the players Liverpool have been linked with ahead of the summer transfer window so far – a whopping 22 stars from all across Europe – and asked Reds fans to vote each one up and down depending on whether they wanted them at Anfield next season.
149 fans took part, which pretty much means the following results are as conclusive as they can be.
So, without further a do, here are the top five players Liverpool fans voted on, counting down to the main man Rodgers must sign to keep them happy…
Mail Online reckon Pedro could be on his way to Anfield if Raheem Sterling ends up leaving the Reds this summer.
The Barcelona forward is thought to be considering his Nou Camp future after finding his opportunities limited with the likes of Neymar and former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez preferred ahead of him.
The World Cup winner would apparently demand around £90,000-a-week to sign for Brendan Rodgers’ side, which is a reported £100k less than Raheem’s wage demands.
But not having Champions League football could hinder Liverpool’s chances of bringing Pedro to Anfield, with Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal also keen on the 27-year-old Spain international.
The 22-year-old Monaco star played a huge part in knocking Arsenal out of the Champions League last month, which has resulted in increased interest for him from some top European outfits.
Mail Online are reporting that Liverpool have now joined the Gunners in the race to bring the French midfielder to the Premier League this summer, with the 6’2″ youngster building himself a reputation of being a commanding presence in any midfield.
With Steven Gerrard heading for the exit door this summer, Brendan Rodgers has Kondogbia on his list as potential replacements for the Anfield legend – and the fans are clearly as keen on him.
The Dutch international’s performances for the Netherlands at last summer’s World Cup put him on the radar of several of Europe’s biggest clubs.
He’s following that up with an even more impressive season with PSV and, as a result, looks likely to be heading away from Holland this summer.
Last month, Metro were reporting that the Reds were ‘close’ to completing a deal for Depay, with the youngster reportedly prefering Anfield to Old Trafford.
Nothing has materialised since, other than on-loan Southampton star Eljero Elia reportedly telling Depay to turn down any advances from the Premier League duo.
But with Liverpool desperate for some attacking flair if Raheem Sterling does indeed leave this summer, then Brendan Rodgers may be ready to offer Depay a pretty attractive route in to English football.
The Roma midfielder has been a target for the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea in the past, but now it appears to be Liverpool who are most likely to bring the highly-rated Bosnian star.
Metro reported earlier this week that Brendan Rodgers could sign him for around £21.8million, which should put them in poll posision for his signature because they’ll be offering him regular first team football.
Other clubs reportedly interested in him are Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Monaco and Paris Saint Germain.
The fans have spoken and, given Mario Balotelli’s complete failure this season, it’s no surprise to see a striker at the top of the fans’ wishlist this summer.
The man they want is Alexandre Lacazette who, if you hadn’t heard of him because you’ve been hiding under a rock all season, has been banging the goals in for Lyon over in France.
The France international currently has 24 goals in 27 Ligue 1 outings this term and has found himself linked with several big clubs all over Europe as a result.
Given that he’s only really done the business for one season, it may be a bit of risk to spend a load of money on him and Brendan Rodgers will be wary of that after Balotelli.
The Express, Liverpool are leading Manchester United in the race for the 23-year-old and have him lined up as Luis Suarez’s replacement. Lyon are adamant that they’re not selling, but a pretty big offer may force them to cash in this summer.