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Liverpool should pursue these transfers in the summer window

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Liverpool have a squad that they invested heavily in last summer and, although they have suffered a downturn in form of late, Brendan Rodgers need not make nearly as many additions in the next transfer window.

The Reds have an injury prone striker that needs support, require a a central midfielder to fill the void left by the departing Steven Gerrard and the central defence needs some depth.

Clearly when fit, Daniel Sturridge is Liverpool's best striker, however, on average he gets injured once every five or so games. This clearly needs to be addressed.

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Up front

Sturridge, since being back from his long injury lay off, has also struggled to find the kind of form that took him to new heights last season. This further outlines the need for more firepower up front.

It was obviously identified last summer that Liverpool needed support for Sturridge when Rodgers invested in Ricky Lambert and Mario Balotelli. However with both deemed to have been failures the club must look elsewhere this summer.

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Liverpool will be linked with countless names over the coming weeks and months and the manager will be under pressure to ensure he gets the recruitment right on this occasion.

Midfield

The second position that needs bolstering in the next window is central midfield as Gerrard's departure leaves an obvious requirement for more numbers in this area.

The likes of Jordan Henderson, Lucas Leiva and Joe Allen have all performed well in the most part of this season, especially since Christmas but three options in midfield is not enough, especially with the versatility that Liverpool players are expected to play with under Rodgers.

The only way that Liverpool may get away with not buying a top central midfielder this summer is that Emre Can makes the permanent switch into the position, giving four good options to work with.  If this does happen however the Reds must then invest even more heavily in defenders to fill the void left by Can.

But it may prove to be a much safer bet for Rodgers to buy a top midfielder now and slowly work Can into the position over the coming years. There is no rush with this kid, he is still only 21.

...and the defence

Regardless of this, however, central defence must still be reinforced. Can, Martin Skrtel, and Mamadou Sakho have performed ever so well in this part of the pitch over the last couple of months, however a back up in Dejan Lovren has not been the most welcome name on the team sheet.

Not having a deputy is at least confident in the way they play is a danger and Lovren has not convinced this season. The addition of another central defender, not necessarily a world class player, but someone who believes in their own ability will be important for Liverpool.

Again, as we all know Can's favourite position is midfield and Rodgers has tried him in the guts a few times so obviously his future lies there. If Rodgers decides to deploy the German in the midfield more often next season, the Reds obviously have an even greater need to invest in another defender.

If Liverpool do persist with this 3-4-3 formation then they already have an abundance of wide players and attacking midfield players who are young and improving, there is no need to mess with that.

But, perhaps most importantly of all, can they keep hold of Raheem Sterling?

Liverpool fans: who do you think your club should sign this summer? Let us know below!

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Emre Can
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