Answering the title question in Liverpool

So on the back of a season of nearlies and what could have beens, the coming season looks like one that could finally see the famous Reds of Liverpool get across the finish line as the best team in the Premier League.

Already having spent more than 30 odd million on Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Lazar Markovich the Reds look set to splash even more cash.

Having seen the talismanic figure of Luis Suarez leave on the first plane for Barcelona, it looks like the task could be a lot tougher than first thought. On the back of his World Cup to remember for all the wrong reasons the Uruguayan was never likely to stick around for long. To get the reported £75 million they did, you have to say Liverpool got the best out of the deal.

But who can replace such a massive part of their team?

So far the signing of striker Rickie Lambert, and with a deal on the table for QPR and former Newcastle loanee Loic Remy, you have to think that the reds are waiting to find that big name signing to replace the serial biter.

Lille forward Divock Origi, the man who outshone his more illustrious Belgium team mate Romelu Lukaku in Brazil looks like he could be another piece in the attacking jigsaw at Anfield. Reportedly the young striker has told his French club he wants to head for the Premier League with Liverpool his preferred destination.

A triple deal for Remy, Origi and Southampton centre half Dejan Lovren looks like it could be done by the end of the week. A combined spend of around £40 million on those three looks set to spend a chunk of the Suarez cash.

With Steven Gerrard announcing his retirement from the international stage you just know the 34 year old will have a massive role to play for a few more years yet. Alongside him in the middle next season could be Real Madrid’s young Spaniard Isco. With the signing of German World Cup winner Toni Kroos, and the imminent arrival of James Rodriguez, it looks like the 22 year old will see limited appearances for Real.

As reported in Spanish newspaper AS it looks like he’s a player on Liverpool’s radar to add to an already talented engine room.

An exciting player who has only spent one year in the Spanish capital, it looks increasingly likely he will leave. You have to wonder if Anfield would be his first choice with, no doubt, a host of Europes top clubs in the market for him.

Another man linked in the last few days seems to be Micah Richards. With the summer arrival at Manchester City of Bacary Sagna the former England man looks set to drop even further down the pecking order at the Etihad.

As competition for the ageing, and increasingly error prone Glen Johnson, a loan deal would suit all parties well. City still hold onto the player, Richards gets to play first team football and Liverpool get a hungry player coming into the club. You have to think he’d snap up the opportunity to prove himself with a title rival of his parent club.

With the business already done, as well as the deals that look set to be completed in the coming days, the Reds of Anfield look like they may be able to push Manchester City all the way again, they may just have to be careful of the old enemy just down the M62 at Old Trafford.

 

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