Liverpool FC are pondering over summer moves for Ander Herrerra and Mateo Musacchio, with both carrying hefty price tags.

Liverpool have identified Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera as a potential long term replacement for veteran captain Steven Gerrard according to reports

The 24 year old had been a long summer pursuit for Manchester United and was widely believed to be heading over to Old Trafford in the summer. Brendan Rodgers wants to bring in the talented midfielder this summer, and knows that he would have a massive up over United, who are still chasing him, with the Champions League football they would in all probabilty offer him.

Herrera is playing his third season for Bilbao and has featured in the club’s Europa League and Copa del Rey campaigns and has over a hundred appearances to his name. The La Liga club has enjoyed a decent spell in the league this season as they sit in the fourth place in the league, behind Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Barcelona and Herrera is a major contributor to that.

Brendan Rodgers wants to bring in established midfielders in the summer as he doesn’t have that many options in the field with only Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Joe Allen and Lucas Leiva to pick from.

The move would be one which would be targeted as a long term replacement solution for captain Steven Gerrard who is in his last years as a professional footballer. Herrera is a proven footballer in the Spanish League and would be quickly able to cement his place in the Anfield side as well. However a move for Herrera would not be cheap with the player having a £31m release clause.

Reports also suggest that Liverpool are set to battle Spanish giants Barcelona for the signature Mateo Musacchio. The 23 year old plays as a defender for Spanish side Villarreal.

The 23 year old is having a fine season for his club, and his fine performances have attracted some big names to him and Liverpool and Barcelona look to be the front runners for his signature. The player was also linked with a move to Manchester United in the winter but the deal did not materialize.

Manager Brendan Rodgers knows that defensive vulnerabilities have costed the Reds quite a bit this season, despite their good run and would be hoping that this trend does not continue in the next campaign. Especially with the club possibly competing in the Champions League. The club would also need more depth in the department as they would be playing in four competitions if they get to be part of the elite competition next season. Daniel Agger has been linked with a move away from the club for a while now and the addition of Musacchio would help keep Skrtel and Sakho on their toes.

Liverpool would face tough competition from Barcelona as the Spanish club is in the hunt for a replacement for veteran defender Charles Puyol, who announced that he would be retiring at the end of the season; and Manchester United who are also looking to add to their defensive department especially since Nemanja Vidic is leaving at the end of the season.

His release clause is said to be €50m.

THT Verdict- Unlikely

Both the players are going to not come in cheap for the Merseyside club. And with so many suitors for both Herrera and Musacchio, they are not even going to be able to bring either the midfielder or defender for a negotiated amount. Rodgers is supposedly going to get a 60 million pounds war-chest for the summer, if the club qualifies for the Champions League. It is unlikely that he spends almost the entire amount on the two, when he also has more areas- left winger, full back- to target. Thus these reports seem unlikely to materialize. However, if this does happen, Liverpool would be benefiting from the addition of two young, quality and already very established players.