Liverpool fans may still be licking their wounds over the loss of Luis Suarez this summer, but it would appear that Brendan Rodgers is keen to ensure that no more of his star players follow the Uruguayan out the exit door anytime soon.
According to the Telegraph the Northern Irishman wants to hand contracts to Steven Gerrard, Philipe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson and Jon Flanagan, with deals likely to be finalised before the start of this season.
The quartet have all proved themselves crucial to the Reds’ ambitions moving forward in different ways, and the club will now look to ensure they pledge their futures to Anfield before the subject of their Liverpool futures becomes the talk of tabloid speculation.
Rodgers is said to want to reward the core of the squad which helped the club achieve their surprise second-placed finish in the Premier League last term, and is particularly keen to tie Coutinho to a new deal. The Brazilian youngster was brilliant last term and, though he has yet to prove he can cut in on the biggest stage of the European game, many consider him to be perhaps Liverpool's most important playmaker.
Moving on to potential imports it’s been made crystal clear that Mario Balotelli won’t be moving to Merseyside this summer, after Rodgers specifically ruled out such a deal coming to fruition.
After the failure to land Loic Remy was publicly aired Liverpool have been on the hunt for an alternative forward, but as of yet it seems as though they have been frustrated in their attempts to land a like for like replacement to Suarez.
Now one would assume that the Northern Irishman will be forced to reassess his transfer plans, as he looks to replace the goals the Uruguayan gave him last season. Almost £100million has been spent by the Reds as they look to build on the success of last term, and yet only Rickie Lambert has been brought in to aid Daniel Sturridge with the primary task of scoring goals.
Though the former Saints man is a useful asset in the Premier League he's more often than not utilised as a hold up man who brings others into play rather than an out and out finisher. That being said there aren't too many other options Rodgers can turn to, what with deals for Remy and Jose Callejon having both fallen through for different reasons.