The transfer window has just opened but Liverpool seem to have done their business early.
England international Nathaniel Clyne has just his move, thus following Roberto Firmino, James Milner, Danny Ings, Adam Bogdan and youngster Joe Gomez in securing a transfer to Anfield this summer.
The intakes are almost over with a possibility of one striker, or if funds permit, another robust midfielder. What Liverpool lacked last summer was a proper right-back, which was evident from the fact that whoever was playing at that position being outsmarted for the umpteenth time by most teams.
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Clyne seems to be an A+ addition to the squad having emerged as one of the stand-out defenders in the Premier League, and was part of a defensive unit that conceded just 33 goals last season while keeping 15 clean sheets for Southampton.
Another Achilles heel for Liverpool was someone to find the back of the net regularly after the departure of Suarez and the consistent injuries to Sturridge. Neither Balotelli nor Lambert provided any threat, as they couldn't amass even double figures together throughout the entire season.
This is why Firmino has been signed to provide goals to the strikers while scoring a few himself. Now, if Rodgers can bring someone which at the moment seems to be Christian Benteke of Villa, Liverpool can create some real problems next season.
With back up striker Ings no mug when it comes to scoring and Sturridge to return before October, Liverpool fans can genuinely dream again as the new season edges closer.
While as many as six players have already come in (seven if young Origi is considered) this summer, the next stage would be to clear out the dead wood or the non-performers. Quite a few players will already have worn the red shirt for the last time in their careers.
The legend of Steven Gerrard came to an abysmal end at the Britannia Stadium while Glen Johnson has left the club after his contract was not renewed. Lambert's dream of playing for his boyhood club looks more than likely to be over while Borini and Manquillo have no future left with the club.
The club might also look to cut down on their losses on Balotelli while surprisingly Lucas has always been linked away from the club. In spite of all the additions, Rodgers will be wary of the void created with the departure of Gerrard. Liverpool have been linked with Kovacic (hard to count the number of times) while a deal with Turan is not entirely impossible.
Liverpool have undoubtedly started the summer as they mean to go on. Without Champions League football, they couldn't have done any better. While they have got some decent players, Milner, Clyne and Firmino can be considered to be players of top quality. This truly is shaping out to be the best transfer window the supporters have seen in a while.
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