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Tale of Transfers: LFC in the transfer market

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By NICK PAPADIS
College Contributor Network

Many clubs have been very active thus far in the transfer market, but one of the most active clubs in England has been Liverpool.

The Reds had a season full of shortcomings due to injury and lack of depth, and have tried to fix that in the first week of the transfer window. Despite having already started to fill many gaps in their squad with several signings, the Merseyside giants do not seem to be finished.

Several new attacking options have already been brought to Anfield in Roberto Firmino, Danny Ings, and the return of Divock Origi from loan at Lille, but the Reds do not seem to be finished with many rumors still circulating about the arrival of another forward.

The two names currently linked to Liverpool are Christian Benteke and Alexandre Lacazette, but the arrival of another striker may be dependent on Raheem Sterling's stay at Anfield.

Sterling, who can play as a winger or center forward, is expected to leave Merseyside this summer, with a host of suitors including Manchester City. Liverpool, however, have no intentions of letting the England International leave for less than £50 million ($76.8 million).

One position that definitely will need strengthening this summer if the Reds hope to enjoy a successful season, is the central midfield. The departure of Liverpool Captain and icon Steven Gerrard will leave a huge void in the club's midfield.

Though the Reds signed former Manchester City midfielder James Milner, further reinforcements will be needed to replace Gerrard.

One name that has been linked heavily with Liverpool is Inter's Mateo Kovacic. The 21-year-old is seen as an ideal candidate to help the Reds strengthen their midfield, but Inter's valuation of the player seems to be higher than Liverpool are willing to pay.

Another possible target for the Anfield side is Asier Illarramendi, who is expected to be out of favor at Real Madrid under new boss Rafa Benitez. Should Illarramendi join the Reds, a huge gap could be filled in the void left by Gerrard.

The final spot that Liverpool heavily lack is at goalkeeper. Despite signing Adam Bogdan this summer, true competition for starting 'keeper Simon Mignolet's spot is not present.

Liverpool will need to sign a goalkeeper that can truly contend for a spot in manager Brendan Rodgers' Starting XI.

The Reds will also be disappointed that one of their top targets as competition for Mignolet is no longer an option after already making a summer transfer.

Norberto Neto had been linked to the Merseyside club, but has made an early transfer window move to Juventus, meaning the Reds will need to find another 'keeper to bring to Anfield if they truly hope to challenge Mignolet.

Despite having already brought multiple players to the club this summer, the job is not done if Brendan Rodgers and owners Fenway Sports Group hope to bring the Reds back to the glory of past campaigns.

Back room changes in the hiring of new assistant manager Sean O'Driscoll along with multiple signings are amongst the first steps for the club, but strategic signings and sale of surplus players are still needed if the Reds hope to challenge for a Champions League Qualifying position next season.

Nick Papadis is a junior at American University majoring in broadcast journalism and broadcasts AU Men's Soccer amongst other sports. Nick is an avid Liverpool fan. Follow him on twitter @NPSoccerTalk
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