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Liverpool gets huge transfer budget for eight new stars

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has wasted little time strengthening his squad this summer - but there's plenty more deals on the horizon.

According to the Daily Star, Rodgers will look to sign up to eight new players before the transfer deadline, taking the Liverpool expenditure on new additions to around £125m (€150m).

Deals already done

Rodgers completed the signing of Southampton forward Rickie Lambert before the World Cup, and followed that up with the capture of his teammate Adam Lallana.

Central midfielder Emre Can has also been brought in from Bayer Leverkusen, with the trio costing around £39m in total.

Deals close

Next up could be Benfica playmaker Lazar Markovic, who is reportedly set for a medical after Liverpool agreed a £25m fee. The Serbian international is one of the world's best young talents, but questions remain over his work ethic.

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Belgium international Divock Origi made an impact at the World Cup despite being relatively unheralded coming into the tournament. And he's a £11m target for Liverpool, who may be without frontman Luis Suarez next season.

He's banned from football related activity for four months anyway after his bite on Italy defender Giorgio Chillieni, but he is also Barcelona's top transfer target this summer.

Potential transfers

With Suarez heading for the exit, Rodgers will all of a sudden have a massive new budget available to him - potentially as much as £75m. He'll need a new striker to partner Danny Sturridge, and he may be looking at £20m striker Wilfried Bony.

Tottenham are also after the Ivory Coast international, while Spurs and Liverpool could also go head-to-head for left-back Ben Davies and centre-back Dejan Lovren.

Left-back frustrations

Rodgers has been frustrated in his pursuit of a new full-back so far this summer. A deal for Alberto Moreno was thought to be close but never materialised, and he may now be looking back towards his former club, Swansea, and their talented 21-year-old, Davies.

Lovren looks to be the most difficult capture of the lot, with Southampton demanding £25m for the player they signed for just over £8m 12 months ago.

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