With Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho proving to be fantastic buys, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has proven that he has the ability to find a gem and bring them to Anfield.

But who will be next? Liverpool need to kick on, and these five players should be on Rodgers' radar this summer.

Christian Eriksen | Ajax

One of Europe's hottest prospects, Eriksen operates in an attacking midfield role, often going box-to-box - which is something Liverpool need. He also has fantastic vision.

Coutinho has proven to electric going forward; however, his defensive capabilities aren't out of this world. With Eriksen, there would be an injection of quality which will be needed.

Steven Gerrard needs assistance and Joe Allen has proven unable to do that. Jordan Henderson, although he has improved greatly this season, is still far from the mark.

Due to his title of one of the hottest European prospects he will come at a price, while many other big clubs will be tracking him.

Callum McManaman | Wigan Athletic

His rise to the first team this season has been swift this season. In a string of excellent performance in the FA Cup against the likes of Swindon, Huddersfield and Nottingham Forrest it was the game against Everton in which he placed his name on Wigan fans' lips.

However, a horror challenge on Massadio Haidara earned him a reputation.

Despite this he is something which Liverpool desperately need. At the age of 22 he is one of the few outright wingers left in the Premier League. He has the ability to beat players through imagination and speed and he can take a beating. He single-handedly ran Manchester City ragged helping Wigan win their first ever FA Cup this season.

Liverpool's only world-beating winger, Raheem Sterling, is only 18 and needs careful management with Stewart Downing only just beginning to justify his price tag.

With Wigan being relegated it would be possible to get him on the cheap.

Loic Remy | QPR

The French Striker has proven to be a world-class finisher. Upon his arrival in London he looked set to single-handedly drag QPR out of relegation; however, injuries meant that he could not do so.

With the introduction of Sturridge the load has been lightened on Luis Suarez, but with the Uruguay star set to miss the first part of the season due to suspension, Sturridge himself may need support and Fabio Borini is still yet to prove his move to Anfield was worthwhile.

With QPR relegated, he looks set to leave the club with a reported £8m release clause - but on May 15 2013 he was arrested on suspicion of rape, which leaves his future in the balance.

Toby Alderweireld | Ajax

The Belgian defender is renowned for his strength as well as his ability for the "long-ball". The centre-back, who can also play as right-back, has proven to be successful on the big stage - something which Liverpool need.

With Jamie Carragher retiring, a giant void will be left at Anfield, and Alderweireld would be a welcome replacement.

If Andy Carroll is to return to Anfield the two would also form a fantastic partnership, with his ability for a long ball and Carroll's aerial prowess. Much like Eriksen, he is in big demand from big clubs so Liverpool would face a battle to win his services.

Victor Wanyama | Celtic

Celtic's £10m-rated midfielder has proven this season that he can perform on the big stage.

Playing a key role in Celtic's Champions League run, including victory over Barcelona, he would be a welcome addition. He would add some steel to the Liverpool midfield and provide support to Lucas Leiva.

He is very good in the air, while his ability to read the game and break up play is also impressive. He also fits in FSG's transfer policy, which prefers young proven talent.

However, he has attracted the interest from many big clubs this season and is sure to be in demand this summer.

 

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