Liverpool are the first Premier League side to have sprung a transfer surprise this summer, following their £4million capture of Rickie Lambert from Southampton earlier this week.
The 32-year-old has become the Reds first signing of what is set to be a busy summer for Brendan Rodgers, who is tasked with adding depth to a squad that will have the added task of Champions League football next season.
The Reds overachieved last season with a second placed finish, and whilst they narrowly missed out on the Premier League title, the priority of bringing Champions League football back to Anfield was achieved with a bit to spare.
That has seen an extra injection of cash brought in, and Rodgers like every other manager will be keeping a close eye on the World Cup in the hope of spotting some potential bargains and new recruits.
Strengthening a defence that conceded 50 Premier League goals last season is seen as a priority, whilst the Liverpool boss also hopes to add more depth to a midfield and strikeforce that would become vulnerable were injuries to strike.
With the World Cup just over one week away, we have taken a look through some of the stars that will be on show in Group E, and identified five that would be a good fit at Anfield.