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With the end of the domestic season looming, and the world cup not far away, for Liverpool it will be a great opportunity to scout potential players to add to their squad for next season.

Champions League football is a certainty at Anfield next season and adding depth to his squad will be one of Brendan Rodgers' priorities, especially with a reported £70m war chest to spend. Here are four players Liverpool should look to purchase:

1) Ricardo Rodriguez - Left Back - Wolfsburg

With the long term injury sustained by Jose Enrique earlier in the season, young Jon Flanagan has been handed a role in the first team in an unfamiliar left-back role.

Despite excelling in this role this season, Flanagan would be better used in his more familiar right back position to maximise his potential.

Left-back has always been a problem for Liverpool since John Arne Riise left, and many signings such as Andrea Dossena, Fabio Aurelio and more recently Aly Cissokho have all failed to make an impression in the left back role.

At 21 years of age, the young Swiss has often been compared to Southampton youngster Luke Shaw, who have both enjoyed brilliant seasons.

In the Bundesliga, Rodriguez has helped his team going forward, by contributing with five goals and seven assists in 31 appearances.

Rodriguez would fit in well with Liverpool's fast paced attacking style. Some of Rodriguez's strengths include his ability to keep hold of the ball and dribble, and his ability to find a killer pass to unlock defence, averaging two key passes per game, something the likes of Luis Suarez would thrive on.

In 31 appearances in the Bundesliga, Rodriguez has averaged 45 passes per game with a success rate of 80.5%

Defensively, Rodriguez also thrives, this season he has averaged three tackles and two interceptions per game, a solid left back is something Liverpool have been searching for for a long time. Rodriguez would be a long term solution for the left-back spot, and would cost a fraction of the price Luke Shaw would go for.

2) Yevhen Konoplyanka - Left Winger - Dnipro

Konoplyanka was one of Liverpool's main transfer targets in the January transfer window and they nearly signed him, only for the deal to break down on deadline day.

Konoplyanka has showcased his talents on the international stage, even playing well against England at Wembley. He has also impressed in the Europa League, scoring four times in seven appearances in the competition.

He is a dynamic player who uses his blistering pace to dribble past players, or to make space to unleash a shot with his left foot.

At 24 years of age, he would add even more exuberance to a team full of energy and power, and he would be a perfect fit for the team to play when necessary, especially in European competition.

3) Ezequiel Garay - Centre Back - Benfica

Despite the arrival of commanding centre-back Mammadou Sakho at the start of the season, Liverpool have still looked vulnerable defensively, conceding 44 goals this season.

The arrival of Garay would boost Liverpool's defence significantly. Standing at 6ft4, Garay possesses an aerial ability to challenge the best of target man, something Liverpool have lacked this season.

Garay has also contributed six goals in 27 appearances in Liga Portugesa, a similar return to Martin Skrtel this season.

At the age of 27, Garay possesses a good amount of experience, and would act as a leader in the centre of a young defence.

The lure of Champions League football would help Liverpool in their pursuit of Garay, who could instantly do a job at Anfield whenever he plays, including offering better protection to goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

4) Morgan Schneiderlin - Defensive midfielder - Southampton

Arguably the most surprising inclusion, however, Liverpool do lack solid defensive players.

Despite Steven Gerrard excelling in his new deeper role, he can't play there every game, and with Lucas Leiva just returning from injury, another defensive midfielder would add more depth to the Liverpool squad.

With Liverpool now playing a diamond formation, the holding player is key to the team. They need the ability to break up play, command the midfield and play passes across the field - Schneiderlin is adept at breaking the play up in particular.

Averaging close to four tackles and two interceptions a game over 29 appearances in the Premier League this season, the defensive midfielder has been a key figure in Southampton's solid season. Also, with a 90% pass success rate over the course of the season, his passing ability cannot be ignored.

Should Liverpool decide to pursue Schneiderlin, he will be a valuable member of Liverpool's squad who is capable of filling in and starting games where necessary, at the age of 24, he still has his best years ahead of him.

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