Liverpool mid-summer report: Who has signed, what transfer targets remain?

A look at the club's pre-season plans and what the season ahead might bring for Brendan Rodgers' side
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Attention returns to the Premier League following the end of a wonderful month of World Cup football.

For Liverpool it has been a mixed bag of a summer and supporters could be fearing a mixed bag of a season to come.

There have been some excellent signings so far but they have all been overshadowed by the departure of Luis Suarez. Having thought Champions League qualification would be enough to retain the services of the Uruguay international, it turned out nothing could beat the lure of Barcelona. It does however mean that there is £75m that would otherwise have been unavailable.

After coming so close to the title last term, opponents won't be taking Brendan Rodgers' side lightly this time around. There is also the strain of playing European football this season. Some players, such as Raheem Sterling, should improve on their performances last season, but for others, such as captain Steven Gerrard, their career is on a downward trajectory. Liverpool's season ahead is a difficult one to predict.

Here, we take a look at those who have arrived at the club, who might still be on their way and a look at their pre-season plans.

New signings

Adam Lallana (Southampton, £23m)

Has been excellent for Southampton for a few seasons now and deserved his chance at a top club. Should bring added quality and creativity to the midfield.

Emre Can (Bayer Leverkusen, £9.8m)

The Germany Under-21 player looks a real prospect and Liverpool were ready to take a gamble on the midfielder by activating his release clause.

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Emre Can pictured after signing


Rickie Lambert (Southampton, £4m)

Not exactly one for the future, but there's no denying the England international's ability to find the back of the net. Offers something different.

Possible new arrivals?


Pre-season plans

Liverpool have a packed schedule as they look to get in shape for the new season. Brondby and Preston are up first before things get a bit more glamorous. A trip to the United States will see them take on Roma, Olympiacos, Manchester City and AC Milan. Just before the season gets going they play Borussia Dortmund at Anfield.