Brendan Rodgers is wasting no time in spending the money from the Luis Suarez deal by getting ready to sign two new strikers this week. QPR striker Loic Remy and Lille’s Belgian forward Divock Origi both appear to be on their way to Boston to join up with the Liverpool squad on their US Tour and undergo a medical. It would appear that Remy will be joining the squad immediately with Origi returning to Lille for another season in Ligue 1 before coming to Anfield next year. The big question is though, are these players of the quality needed for Liverpool to replace the loss of Suarez!
Are Liverpool getting value for money?
It would appear that the Remy deal is costing Liverpool £8.5 million, although there are other reports saying the fee could rise to as much as £11.5 million. For me this is a really good deal for a player who is just entering his prime and has both Champions League and World Cup experience. He has also shown in the past 18 months that he has Premier League pedigree, scoring 20 league goals in 40 appearances for QPR and Newcastle. This is a goal every 2 games, which is a decent record for two sides that don’t create too many chances. Liverpool showed their attacking prowess last year, and while they have lost Suarez, the talent of Sterling, Coutinho, Lallana and Gerrard to create opportunities, could well see Remy become one of the signings of the summer. It ensures Liverpool also have some depth in their attacking options with Sturridge and Lambert the others. For me, the big thing with Remy is that he has Premier League experience and should be able to adapt relatively quick.
The signing of Origi is a different story altogether as he is certainly a player for the future but one who made a big impression for Belgium in the World Cup. According to Ben Smith, Origi looks set to sign for £10 million. I think Rodgers has done exceptionally well here and while he may still be young and a little raw, there is no doubting the kid has potential. Big, strong and quick, he will give Liverpool another dimension when he signs and a plan B that was shown to be lacking come the end of last season. My only worry on it is why wait until next year, but with Lambert signing a two year deal, Origi could be earmarked as the player to take his place in the squad in the future.
So who will be next for Rodgers and Liverpool
It would appear that the next player on his way to Anfield is Southampton defender Dejan Lovren with lots of rumours claiming a deal could be confirmed this week. While Lovren is a great defender, I’m just not sure he is the step up that Liverpool need in the central of defence. I also think Liverpool are playing a premium for the player with the fee reported to be £20 million. The one big advantage though is as with Remy, Lovren has Premier League and Champions League experience and should settle quickly.
Who comes after Lovren is anyone’s guess but there’s not a day goes by that I don’t see Liverpool linked with someone new on Twitter. In recent days I have seen the club linked with Isco, Benzema and Di Maria from Real Madrid, along with Edison Cavani and Marco Reus from Borussia Dortmund. While all of these would be great signings, I just can’t see Rodgers going for anymore out and out forwards so this would rule out Cavani and Benzema (although I think they are both unrealistic targets anyway). Reus, Isco and Di Maria are more realistic targets but Rodgers is a smart man and won’t want to make the same mistakes as Spurs did last year in signing too many players. From the 3 players mentioned, Isco seems most likely, especially if Rodgers can get him on a loan deal initially. He would also be an extremely good signing for the club and would be the perfect link between midfield and attack.
The final piece of the puzzle is a left back and while Liverpool have been linked with almost every available left back this summer, I think the long chase for Alberto Moreno will end in joy for Liverpool although it could go right down to the wire to agree the fee. If Moreno signs it would represent another good young signing for Liverpool and a relatively successful transfer window considering they have lost their talisman Luis Suarez.
How these signings will affect Liverpool, well, only time will tell. The squad is much stronger than last year and the young players in the squad are all gaining valuable experience. If they can add one big marquee player to the squad they will be in good shape.
Do you think Remy and Origi are good signings?
Are you a Liverpool fan or simply a fan of football and the Premier League? What do you think of the imminent signings of Remy and Origi and do you think they will help Liverpool replace Suarez? Let me know your thoughts by commenting below or getting in touch with me on Facebook and Twitter.
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