June has barely become July, the World Cup is yet to reach its zenith and the Premier League is still over a month away, yet Liverpool are reportedly close to completing their fourth and fifth signings of the summer.
Lazar Markovic and Divock Origi seem set to join Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Emre Can at Anfield, with the Reds’ gluttonous spending funded by a Champions League place and the imminent departure of Luis Suarez.
After a similar outlay at Tottenham Hotspur brought little but despair last season, Liverpool fans will be edgy about their teams chance of retaining a top-four spot in the Premier League, a feat they are 7/10 to achieve.
The make-up of the Reds’ spending so far has been a mix of talented youngsters and Southampton players, a shopping choice that is set to leave their squad short of big match experience.
To redress this shortfall, Rodgers should consider raiding Arsenal for Mikel Arteta, who’s likely to slip down the pecking order at the Gunners if they complete a rumoured move for Lars Bender.
The Spaniard has been a regular starter throughout his impressive three-year stint in London, gaining the kind of top-level nous that Liverpool lack.
Arteta has just one year left on his current contract, which has led to rumours of a move to Fiorentina, but the Reds must act to ensure the 32-year-old stays in England if he does leave Arsenal.
Despite his age, the cultured midfielder maintained his high standards last year. Only two players averaged more tackles per game than his 3.4 in the Premier League, and Arteta also placed third in terms of passes per match with 69.4.
He looks a natural fit for Liverpool’s three-man midfield, providing the defensive cover for the back four that Steven Gerrard is sometimes loathe to, while also able to act as a replacement for the Reds’ captain if Rodgers has to reduce his workload.
A plethora of talented youngsters will excite the Liverpool faithful, but their next move should be for a stalwart like Arteta, who can provide some stately guidance to an inexperienced squad.