The World Cup group stage is over, and many players have caught the eye with their impressive displays ahead of the transfer window.
Group C saw dark horses Colombia live up to their billing despite the absence of star striker Falcao, winning all three games whilst there was drama in the final round of matches as Greece scored an injury time penalty against Ivory Coast to dump the Africans out of the tournament. Japan were massively disappointing given the expectations before the competition.
There have been plenty of fine performances in Group C, from James Rodriguez and Juan Cuadrado's sensational attacking play for Colombia, to the defensive displays of Greek centre back Sokratis Papastathopoulos – and whilst the Borussia Dortmund man would be a great addition for the Reds, there is another defender in Group C who should be attracting interest from the Reds.
AC Milan's Cristian Zapata has long been linked with a move to England having originally impressed with Udinese in Italy, but his career took a slide after moving to La Liga with Villarreal, who were relegated a year after he arrived. A move back to Serie A has since reinvigorated the 27-year-old – and he's continued his fine form into the World Cup.
Alongside the experienced Mario Yepes, Zapata has shown much needed athleticism in the heart of the Colombia back line, going some way to helping Jose Pekerman's side concede just two goals in Group C – but there could be questions over his future at the San Siro.
New manager Pippo Inzaghi has already swooped to sign former Chelsea defender Alex from Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer, and with Adil Rami already established in the back four, Zapata could be demoted to third choice – and Liverpool should be looking to take advantage in that case.
The Reds came so close to winning their first Premier League title, but ultimately it was their defence that let them down. With Danish international Daniel Agger possibly looking to leave the club this summer, manager Brendan Rodgers would need to sign another centre back – and after his great displays in Brazil, Zapata should be on his transfer wish list.