Liverpool Ready to Compete for £12m Star Ivan Rakitic

Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers has been linked with a move for Sevilla star Ivan Rakitic but first the Croatian international wants to see who his club brings in during the Summer, talksport understands.

Rakitic has been strongly connected to a move away from the club who finished La Liga in 9th spot and because of this lowly result, Andres Palop and Jesus Navas have already left for bigger clubs with the lure of European football and more title challenges.

The 25-year old says that he is happy at Sevilla but wants to see what pans out over the next few months with fellow teammates Federico Fazio, Geoffery Kondogbia and Alvaro Negredo also linked with exits.

The club also has to bring in other reinforcements which should be made for the recent departures as well.

Rakitic said: "I am motivated and happy at the club, despite the situation not looking very good. The club has asked me to stay and they want to build with me a new team.

"First, as I have said, I want to see what reinforcements they bring in. We have a quality team that can do better than this season.

 "There is a grain of possibility that we can play in the Europa League. We are not at our strongest right now because two pillars of the team, Andres Palop and Jesus Navas, have left us, they had been important at the club for years.

"We must find replacements for them. Of course our game will change, as we had based a lot of it through Navas and his speed. I believe in the coach, who says he has a few ideas."