Ian Ayre: ‘Reds will continue spending spree’

Ian Ayre Liverpool chief executive

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Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre insists the club will continue spending this summer even after deals for Lazar Markovic and Divock Origi have been completed next week.

The Reds have been one of the busiest teams in the transfer window so far, spending close to £40million with Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana joining from Southampton, while Emre Can has been drafted in from Bayer Leverkusen.

Boss, Brendan Rodgers is understood to be on the verge of shelling out another £25million for Benfica midfielder Markovic, with Lille youngster Origi commanding a fee in the region of £10million.

The Merseyside outfit are set to be handed a figure that could rise to £75million by Barcelona after agreeing to sell controversial striker Luis Suarez to the Catalans on Friday.

Ayre believes it is important for Rodgers to have freedom and funds in the market as the club look to build a squad capable of battling it out on two fronts in the Premier League and the Champions League in the upcoming campaign.

Ayre said: “It’s all about building and progress. We’ll aim to continue that throughout the summer.

“We’ve obviously sold Luis, but we’ve had a busy few weeks with players arriving as well.”

Liverpool have been linked with further targets over the summer and have seen a number of bids for Saints defender Dejan Lovren rejected, despite the Croatian’s plea to head to Anfield.

Swansea striker Wilfried Bony and Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno are also top targets for Liverpool.

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