Whilst many clubs are putting together their plans for the transfer window it seems that the Anfield outfit have already drawn up a shortlist of their own, with two young Spanish stars on the radar.
Top of that shortlist, it appears, is former Spanish under-21 international Daniel Parejo. The 25-year old came through the youth system at Real Madrid and has been one of the highlights at the Mestalla this season, despite a difficult season for his club. Valencia coach Juan Antonio Pizzi has helped Parejo to find himself again, after difficult spells at QPR and Getafe. This season he featured in 45 games this season, scoring five goals.
Valencia-based newspaper Super Deporte claim that Liverpool will imminently make an offer for Parejo, and with players in Spain having a release clause in their contracts, it is thought that Rodgers will activate it and spend around £20m to get his man.
Indeed Valencia president Amadeo Salvo confirmed last week they had received an offer for the Spaniard, but warned suitors they must meet his release clause as they are unlikely to negotiate.
“We have received several offers for Parejo but while I am the president Valencia will not sell him unless any club meet his release clause.”
Liverpool finished their season with a 2-1 home win over Newcastle United, and afterwards Rodgers stated how he wanted at least five new recruits to bolster his side ahead of their Champions League adventure next season.
With 12 players expected to leave Anfield this summer Rodgers has been told that he can aim for the top players; as the wage bill will be significantly reduced once the summer clear-out has begun.
“It’s about the quality. We can’t be going into the Champions League this year with doubts about players. We have to be going in knowing what the players’ capacity to play is and their capabilities.”
With Joe Allen, Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson in midfield it is thought that Parejo’s attributes in both the attacking and defensive areas would allow him to provide Liverpool the versatility that they require.
Parejo’s ability to pick out team-mates with a defensive splitting pass has helped Valencia in so many games this season. He showcased his talents in England back in November when he scored the only goal of the game to help Valencia beat Swansea City in the UEFA Europa League. Valencia would go on to reach the semi-finals before losing to eventual winners Sevilla.
It isn’t just Parejo’s creative abilities which have attracted Liverpool though. His strength and reading of the game makes him a nightmare for attacking sides with his break-up play gaining him many admirers in the Spanish game.
Unfortunately due to the amount of quality at Vicente Del Bosque’s disposal, Parejo has yet to make an appearance for the full national side.
Despite the struggles of Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto this season, Rodgers is confident that they have now settled down and will come back much better players next season. There will be no settling-in troubles for Parejo, as he spent a year on loan at QPR in 2008-2009.
Another player who could soon be on his way to Merseyside is Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno. The 21-year old is highly rated in Spain, and there are those who expect him to rival Jordi Alba for the position in the Spanish national side in years to come.
He has impressed so much this season that Spanish coach Del Bosque has named in his provisional 30-man squad for the World Cup.
Moreno helped Sevilla win the Europa League last week by defeating Portuguese domestic treble winners Benfica on penalties, and it is thought a £15m bid could be enough to acquire his services.
James Pearce, journalist at the Liverpool Echo, has said that a major cull at Anfield could soon be on the horizon as the club look to compete on all fronts next season.
Their success this year has not only surprised the fans, but the club also. No-one expected to do quite as well as they did, but next season they want more of the same.
According to Pearce “[Iago] Aspas will be part of a cull which will include Pepe Reina, Oussama Assaidi and Sebastian Coates among others. On-loan duo Victor Moses and Aly Cissokho have already been packed off back to their parent clubs.”
The future surrounding Fabio Borini is currently unclear, with the striker finishing the season on a high at Sunderland and he could be given a chance to “kick-start his career”.
Whatever happens on the transfer front this summer what is clear is that Liverpool are hungry for success next year. With Champions League football returning to Anfield for the first time since 2009 the club are serious about their future plans. The Premier League title will be top of their agenda, however a long run in Europe’s elite competition will also be expected in 2014-2015.