After having lost out to Manchester United for Memphis Depay Liverpool cannot let players they target so easily slip through their fingers and join other clubs, and while we know they most probably will not be able to offer Champions League football next season it is down to manager Brendan Rodgers to get new recruits to share his vision for the future of the club.

Next target on the Northern Irishman’s transfer wish list is Inter Milan midfielder Mateo Kovacic, who at only 21-years-old can grow in a Liverpool team alongside Henderson, Coutinho and Emre Can.

In our opinion Liverpool did themselves an injustice offering the Serie A side £7.2 million for the young Croatian at the beginning of May while knowing that Barcelona had a bid of £14.4 million knocked back last summer, with Inter telling the Catalan giants they valued Kovacic at £21.6 million.

Inter has of course struggled this term and is under immense financial pressure, but new manager Roberto Mancini is well aware of what he has in Kovacic saying: ‘He is the one on whom we will build the future of Inter,’ continuing: ‘Kovacic is extraordinary. He works and he works.’

Kovacic would be an excellent signing for Liverpool, but the club needs to get serious in how it does its transfers or another young talented player will slip through their fingers and join a club that offers Inter the price they are asking.