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Liverpool have been busy in the transfer market this summer with the signings of Javi Manquillo, Dejan Lovren, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic and Rickie Lambert, taking their spending to around £80m already. Despite that, manager Brendan Rodgers says that he is still looking to sign more players ahead of the transfer deadline.
"We would still like to do some business," said Rodgers. "But I’m certainly happy with where we’re at with the squad at the moment. We’ve still got players to come back from injury. Across the board we still want to add a little bit more depth to what we have. We hope to do some more business."
It seems that one deal set to go through is a move to sign Sevilla left back Alberto Moreno. The 22-year-old defender has been on Liverpool's transfer wish list all summer, and despite talks breaking down between the two clubs on a number of occasions throughout the summer, reports suggest that a £12m deal is poised for completion after the Spanish international was left out of Sevilla's squad for their European Super Cup clash with Real Madrid tonight.
With Moreno set to arrive on Merseyside, two defenders will be leaving the club after deals were agreed over Kolo Toure and Martin Kelly. Toure, 33, is well down the pecking order at Anfield and is poised to reunite with his former Ivory Coast boss Vahid Halihodzic at Trabzonspor in a £1.5m deal, whilst full back Kelly is the subject of a £2m bid from Crystal Palace, which the Reds have accepted.
Toure's departure comes after the arrival of Southampton centre back Lovren, who joined the Reds in a £20m deal earlier this summer. The Croatian will be competing with Martin Skrtel for a starting role at Anfield, and says he's looking forward to the prospect of fighting for a place in the team.
"Dejan had a great season with Southampton and I'm really happy that he's with us," Skrtel said. "We all need competition because that is what keeps us motivated. He will make us stronger, so I really welcome his arrival—it will only make me work harder. Liverpool is not only about 11 players, and we will have many games this season so every player will be important."