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Marco Reus? Memphis Depay? Edinson Cavani? Who could be Liverpool's marquee summer signing?

Published 29/04/2015 | 10:44

The highly-rated Memphis Depay, pictured. has been linked with Manchester United and Liverpool
The highly-rated Memphis Depay, pictured. has been linked with Manchester United and Liverpool
Theo Walcott
Aston Villa's Christian Benteke
Paris St Germain's Edinson Cavani controls the ball during their French Ligue 1 soccer match against Metz at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris
Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie challenges Jake Livermore of Hull City
David Moyes, the Real Sociedad manager, has made strenuous attempts to lure Ings
Manchester United will attempt to sell Javier Hernandez, who is currently on a season-long loan at Real Madrid, at the end of the season
In demand: Marco Reus is one of Europe's most sought-after footballers
Atletico Madrid's Koke

Brendan Rodgers is in desperate need of re-enforcements this summer if Liverpool are to become genuine title contenders, but who is top of his list?

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Memphis Depay (PSV Eindhoven)

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The PSV striker is one of Europe's most coveted talents, having also been courted by Manchester United in recent weeks. Appears to be interested in a move to Anfield, although the lure of Champions League football could be damaging to their chances.

Marquee rating: 7/10

Likelihood rating: 6/10

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Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

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The England international's future at the Emirates is uncertain after he dropped out of first team contention, and he is out of contract at the end of next season. A long-standing target for Liverpool, and a plausible one.

 

Marquee rating: 7/10

Likelihood rating: 8/10

 

Christian Benteke (Aston Villa)

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Has proved in the last few weeks that he has not lost his killer touch in front of goal, after a fairly dreadful season before then. Strong, quick and clinical - he is a more reliable version of Mario Balotelli.

Marquee rating: 5/10

Likelihood rating: 7/10

 

Edinson Cavani (PSG)

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The Uruguay international has wow factor, and would be a hit with supporters who grew to love his teammate Luis Suarez. Believed to be unsettled at PSG, but whether Liverpool could (a) tempt him to join in the absence of a top-four finish and (b) afford his wages is another issue.

Marquee rating: 9/10

Likelihood rating: 4/10

 

Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace)

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Not exactly the marquee signing that Liverpool fans might be hoping for, but Bolasie is one of the most exciting players in the Premier League on his day and Brendan Rodgers might consider him the kind of raw talent he could turn into a genuine superstar.

Marquee rating: 3/10

Likelihood rating: 7/10

 

Danny Ings (Burnley)

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Again, not a player who falls into the superstar category, but Ings is coveted for a good reason: he is a more skilful forward than he is given credit for, and his goals tally in a side that creates relatively few chances suggests he would thrive in a more threatening team. Also wanted by Manchester United.

Marquee rating: 4/10

Likelihood rating: 7/10

 

Javier Hernandez (Real Madrid/Manchester United)

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The chances of United selling to Liverpool are pretty miniscule, but the fact that his contract ends in 2016 and that Louis van Gaal has shown no real interest in having him back at the club following his loan move to Real Madrid suggests a deal might not be impossible. A clinical finisher, with proven pedigree.

Marquee rating: 6/10

Likelihood rating: 5/10

 

Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund)

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Again, this might be wishful thinking, but Reus is being continually linked with moves away from Dortmund - especially in the context of their underwhelming season - and he has expressed an interest in the Premier League. Would command a huge fee and wages to match, but certainly ranks as 'marquee'.

Marquee rating: 9/10

Likelihood rating: 3/10

 

Koke (Atletico Madrid)

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The Atletico playmaker is bound to leave Madrid sooner or later and Liverpool would relish the idea of him lining up alongside Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson. Again, the fee might be prohibitive - as might the competition from rivals who could offer Champions League football - but signing him would be a huge statement of intent.

Marquee rating: 8/10

Likelihood rating: 4/10

 

James Milner (Manchester City)

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The England international is probably the opposite of 'marquee' in terms of his profile, but nobody would dispute his effectiveness. The fact that Arsenal have also been linked with a move for him confirms he is a prized asset.

Marquee rating: 4/10

Likelihood rating: 8/10

 

Paulo Dybala (Palermo)

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The 21-year-old is keen to leave Serie A and is one of the most courted strikers in Europe, having been linked with Arsenal, Manchester United and Juventus, as well as Liverpool. Would cost at least £30million.

Marquee rating: 7/10

Likelihood rating: 6/10

 

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