Liverpool face a challenge to finish in the top-four this season but the biggest obstacles lie in the years ahead, as the Reds look to create a side capable of challenging for major honours.
A number of top-class names have been linked with a move to Merseyside during the summer transfer window and The Daily Express claims Liverpool are ready to rival the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea for the services of Ivan Perisic.
The Croatian winger has impressed during his time in Italian football since moving to Milan from Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg and a step-up could occur this summer- and Liverpool ace Dejan Lovren has given a seal of approval to a deal for his compatriot.
What’s been said?
Speaking to Croatian outlet Jutarnji, Lovren sung the praises of the midfielder as he said:
“We players do not know anything about [transfers] until it happens. That’s always the case. But a player like Perisic moving to Liverpool would be great. He is a top quality player.”
“At Liverpool, all the players would welcome him with open arms. Obviously I do not know if it is true. What I can say is that he has exceptional football skills, knowledge and a higher than average quality.”
How would Perisic fit in?
A natural wide-player, Perisic would add to the wealth of talent Liverpool have in this position but, rather than add competitiveness to the squad, his arrival could potentially allow other members of the squad to seal a more accustomed role in the side.
Roberto Firmino is capable of playing out-wide, as is Divock Origi, but the pair would likely be more effective through the middle- and Perisic could excel on the left-side of attack with Sadio Mane bombing down the opposite flank.
Phillippe Coutinho in a central role would also see Liverpool boost their attacking prowess and a 4-2-3-1 formation could work wonders, with Coutinho supported by Perisic and Mane on the flanks to contribute to the striker in the line-up.
That would allow captain Jordan Henderson to sit in front of the back four alongside Emre Can, in a line-up that, on paper at least, looks capable of mounting a challenge for major honours.