If you can believe the increasing number of reports in the media today, it looks like QPR striker Loic Remy will be a Liverpool player in the coming days after both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur dropped out of the race to sign the talented Frenchman.
Those his wage demands may be a bit of a concern, his price-tag certainly isn’t; with the Reds on the cusp of selling Fabio Borini and Oussama Assaidi for a combined fee somewhere in the region of £21mil, the 27-year old is available for less than half of that with his buy-out clause for clubs who finished in the top four set at a mere £8.5mil – a figure, in all fairness, we shouldn’t have a problem shelling out.
Benfica winger Lazar Markovic became Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers fourth signing of the summer when he put pen to paper on a long term deal yesterday following a bid in the region of £20mil to secure his services.
The highly rated youngster made a number of waves in Portugal last year after trading Serbian side Partizan Belgrade for a decidedly sunnier climate. With a domestic treble in the bag and a spot booked in the Europa League final secured, the 20-year old was the subject of intense speculation linking him with a move away from Benfica after only one season in the Primera League. Although his likely destination appeared to be Chelsea with Jose Mourinho a known admirer of the speedy winger, it was Liverpool that won the race for his signature and the youngster couldn’t be more pleased.
I was at Anfield for his début v Stoke on a cold, dark winters night- sat in the corner of the Kop as he warmed up. I remember saying to my mate that he looked like a little boy lost. He tentatively acknowledged the applause as he loosened up- eagerly anticipating getting on the pitch. He looked like the new kid in the class. That lost look didn’t last long however…..
Albeit a slightly bumbled goal- he scored on his début, and as he jumped into the arms of Dirk Kuyt a few rows in front of me I also remember saying to my mate that “it’s going to happen for Suarez here”. You could hear it in the way that the crowd cheered that first goal. You could just feel it. Sometimes inside Anfield you get feelings that are different and almost in-explainable – almost spiritual. That’s what I felt the minute Luis Suarez took to the field. I just knew.
Liverpool have been moving quickly to add bodies to their attack with Luis Suarez’s move to Barcelona set to be finalized in the coming days.
Southampton duo Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana have been joined by Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can on Merseyside, and it’s looking like Reds boss Brendan Rodgers will be adding some more fire power shortly with highly rated Benfica winger Lazar Markovic on deck. Though at first the rumour sounded tentative at best, it’s been widely reported in the press that the Portuguese club are in advanced talks with the Anfield outfit over a £25mil move for the youngster with a deal expected to be wrapped up by the end of the week.
We’re starting to see it already; the transfer window just opened officially today, but already the draw of playing Champions League football with Liverpool next season is paying out in dividends for the Reds with the capture of Southampton captain Adam Lallana confirmed earlier today.
Last season we saw the Anfield outfit miss out on numerous “marquee” signings with a lack of European football, and the prestige of playing on the continent that comes with it, hindering them at every turn. For the first time since 2009, those famous mid-week fixtures will be returning to Merseyside, and Reds boss Brendan Rodgers — and Kopites everywhere — are all the better for it. Just ask their latest signing and he’ll tell you exactly what he’s here for.