After being linked with several midfield targets over the course of the January transfer window, Liverpool are now being linked with a move for PSV forward Kevin Strootman with a view to a summer transfer.
It has recently become apparent that Luis Suarez could move away from Anfield at the end of this season barely 18 months after arriving in Merseyside, and any sale would free up funds for the club to make some purchases of their own.
The Reds were expected to make a move for another striker this summer, but the position of defensive midfield could become a priority regardless of whether Suarez departs or not.
The season-ending injury to central midfielder Lucas has done nothing but highlight the fact that a holding midfielder is vital to the Liverpool setup and although the likes of Jonjo Shelvey, Jay Spearing and Jordan Henderson have all tried their hand in the role, none have come close to Lucas’ fortitude.
The Brazilian anchorman was on a rocketing piece of form and emerged as a key component of Liverpool’s side before an ill-timed ACL injury ruled him out for the campaign.
Strootman only moved to PSV last summer but has impressed greatly for the Eredivisie outfit and could be keen on a Premier League switch.
Many media outlets have tipped the 22 year-old as one piece of a future Holland setup and the youngster has already made his way towards that, earning ten caps for Oranje, scoring one goal.
PSV won’t be keen on letting go of a player they will have signed only twelve months ago, however Liverpool have significant financial backing and should the Merseysiders meet Strootman’s £12.5m valuation, they may have little choice in his move.