Liverpool agree deal for eighth summer signing - how many more to come?

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Liverpool confirmed an agreement for Sevilla left back Alberto Moreno late on Tuesday night, with the Spaniard becoming their eighth summer signing.

Spanish international left back Moreno has been a primary target for Liverpool all summer, and despite seeing a number of bids turned down by Sevilla, the two sides have finally come to an agreement over a £12m deal. The 22-year-old is highly rated in Spain, and comes to Anfield after manager Brendan Rodgers had problems at left back last season.

The deal, which is set to be finalised pending a medical today, will take Liverpool's summer spending past £100m, becoming the Reds' eighth signing in the process. Moreno follows Javi Manquillo, Dejan Lovren, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic and Rickie Lambert to Merseyside, whilst the club also paid £10m to land Lille forward Divock Origi before loaning the Belgian back to the Ligue 1 outfit.

With comparisons to Tottenham already made after Spurs went for quantity over quality in replacing Gareth Bale last summer, the question being asked now is how many more signings will Liverpool make?

Rodgers hinted on Tuesday that he's still eyeing new signings, knowing that a deal for Moreno was already in the pipeline. With the squad looking stronger in terms of depth than it did a year ago, Rodgers will be hoping for another title challenge - but what else do Liverpool still need?

The Reds look much sturdier in defence with the additions of Lovren, Manquillo and Moreno, creating much needed competition for places across the back four. In midfield, Rodgers landed Steven Gerrard's eventual successor in Can, whilst Joe Allen and Jordan Henderson will compete for the box-to-box midfield role. Lucas Leiva will offer depth if he stays, but should he leave then another midfield player could be needed to make sure Liverpool are well stocked there.

Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho figure to have an intriguing battle in the attacking midfield spot, whilst in attack, it's clear that Liverpool still lack a top class striker in the absence of Luis Suarez. Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert are the only recognised centre forwards at the club, and Rodgers should be looking to splash some of that Suarez money on someone like Edinson Cavani, Wilfried Bony or Jackson Martinez ahead of the transfer deadline.

Out wide, Liverpool do have Raheem Sterling and Lazar Markovic, but another player could be added to once again add some depth and competition for places. That could yet be Suso or Jordon Ibe if Liverpool look internally, whilst PSG's Ezequiel Lavezzi has been linked with a move to Anfield whilst Markovic adjusts to English football.

It seems that Liverpool have made calculated moves so far this summer, and may just be a winger and a striker away from competing for the title once again. Much will depend on the futures of Oussama Assaidi and Fabio Borini, and whilst the out of favour duo could rejoin the squad, Rodgers should be looking to bring in more established players in order to challenge in the Premier League, as well as the Champions League.

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