Although Liverpool have every reason to be happy with their early business this summer, the big money moves made by Chelsea show how tricky it will be for the Reds to compete with their Premier League title rivals in the marketplace.
Rickie Lambert and Emre Can both appear to be shrewd signings, but pale in comparison to the imminent arrival of Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s transfer business has helped push their odds to win the Premier League down to 2/1, while Liverpool are 13/2 to go one better than their second-place finish last season.
After securing Champions League qualification, Liverpool fans will have hoped that their club could attract a superstar of their own this summer.
One man that fits the bill is Alexis Sanchez, who Barcelona have reportedly put up for sale for around £20m, with Liverpool leading several top European clubs in the hunt for the Chilean.
Unfortunately for the Reds, the number of sides considering a move for Sanchez will surely have grown after his superb display in Chile’s 3-1 win over Australia in World Cup Group B.
The 25-year-old flew out of the blocks, registering a goal and an assist in the first 15 minutes of the match, with Jean Beausejour finally ending Australian hopes of a comeback with a third goal in injury time.
The Barcelona player created three chances in total and, with six, completed more take ons than anyone else on the pitch.
Sanchez’s impressive performance comes on the back of his best season yet at Barcelona, making it all the more surprising that the Catalan club are willing to let him go.
The tricky forward scored 19 times and registered 10 assists in 34 La Liga appearances, averaging a goal every 125 minutes.
Adding Sanchez’s quick feet to the predatory instincts of Daniel Sturridge and all-round brilliance of Luis Suarez would give Liverpool an attack feared by any side in Europe, and Brendan Rodgers must make the Chilean his top target in the next few months.