Young Divock Origi is rumored to be on Liverpool's wish list after impressing for Belgium.

Lallana deal is almost complete, but Liverpool still eyeing potential transfers

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Most fans’ attention remains focused on the World Cup, but meanwhile, clubs are quietly going about their business. Manchester United splashed out for Luke Shaw, Manchester City reinforced their squad with the signing of Fernando, and Liverpool … well, Liverpool are in pursuit of a whole host of players.

The Reds, looking to both compete for the Premier League title and to make a deep run in the Champions League, are doing their best to reinforce their already-talented squad (and, perhaps, to make up for the four-month absence of Luis Suárez). Liverpool opened their summer signings by bringing Rickie Lambert back to Anfield. Emre Can will complete his move from Bayer Leverkusen come July 1, and Adam Lallana’s transfer is expected to be finalized after he completes a medical.

That’s two midfielders and a striker thus far. But Liverpool aren’t yet through. Here’s a quick look at a few targets they’re hoping to hit:

Dejan Lovren
The Croatia centerback returned all too quickly from the World Cup, where his primary claim to fame was being the man who nudged Fred, causing the forward to go down in a heap and prompting a penalty for Brazil. Lovren is, of course, another Southampton player. He joined the Saints just last season, moving from Lyon on a four-year deal. However, the 24-year-old has caught the eye of many a suitor, including Arsenal, so Liverpool could miss out.

Alberto Moreno
The Reds are keen on the right-back – and most fans are likely to have had enough of Glen Johnson – but Sevilla are saying it isn’t going to happen. Apparently Liverpool’s £16m (~$27m) offer wasn’t nearly enough, especially now that Sevilla have really cashed in on Ivan Rakitić’s sale to Barcelona. Moreno has also said Sevilla is the “club of my life,” but that’s not likely to dissuade Liverpool from pursuing him.

Lazar Marković
Liverpool may have scored an absurd number of goals last season, but they’re still looking to add to their firepower. The young Marković would bring impressive pace to the squad, and he’s got a knack for a dribble. But considering he’s been at Benfica just one year, scoring five goals, should Liverpool take a risk on meeting his  £20m (~$34m) release clause?

Divock Origi
Romelu Lukaku has been a major disappointment at this World Cup, but that’s allowed yet another young, talented Belgian striker to step into the spotlight. Origi scored the late winner against Russia, keeping Belgium top of the group, and set up Jan Vertonghen’s winner against South Korea, when his low shot was spilled. Belgium are hoping to have a few more matches left at this World Cup, while Liverpool are eager for Origi to return home so they can open talks.

Kasper Schmeichel wants to play for Denmark 6 days after hernia surgery

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Kasper Schmeichel of Leicester City in action during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Swansea City at The King Power Stadium on August 27, 2016 in Leicester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel was tough, but his son might be tougher.

Leicester City shot-stopper Kasper Schmeichel had hernia surgery earlier Monday, and while that seems like it would sideline him for some time, apparently not.

The 29-year-old tweeted from the hospital bed that he is aiming for a return on Sunday – just six days removed from surgery – when his native Denmark takes on Armenia in World Cup qualification.

That’s…ambitious. Not surprising though, given the ambition Leicester City showed last season stunning everyone to win the title.

Schmeichel was injured against Swansea on Saturday in Premier League play when he made a clearance and came up notably uncomfortable. He was replaced in the 57th minute by new Foxes signing Ron-Robert Zieler. According to manager Claudio Ranieri, the club had already planned surgery for this problem even before Saturday’s flare-up due to the recurring nature of the problem.

Sadly, the Wednesday’s friendly against Liechtenstein comes a little too soon for Schmeichel. It will be the first international match he will miss since March of 2015. We’ll give him a pass, considering most of us would still be in post-op then.

Report: Zardes injury is serious, broken foot could end his season

SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 16:  Gyasi Zardes #9 of the United States dribbles against Jefferson Montero #7 of Ecuador during the 2016 Quarterfinal - Copa America Centenario match at CenturyLink Field on June 16, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. The United States beat Ecuador 2-1.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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According to Goal.com’s Ives Galarcep, the injury that forced Gyasi Zardes to withdraw from USMNT consideration for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers is serious and could have much larger consequences.

Zardes reportedly suffered a broken right foot, and could not just miss the rest of the 2016 MLS season, but the rest of the calendar year, ruling him out of not just the two upcoming matches, but also the beginning of the Hexagonal in November should the U.S. advance to the next round.

The 24-year-old was injured just after halftime in an MLS match against Vancouver on Saturday, when he was brought down by Kendall Watson. It’s hard to see in full-speed what happens, but upon closer inspection, it appears that Watson’s follow-through catches the inside of Zardes’s right foot. He continued to play but looked less than healthy when he was finally substituted off in the 87th minute.

Zardes has been a rare youthful yet important cog in the USMNT machine the past few years. He played every minute of the Copa America run to the 3rd place match, and he has missed just two matches since making his debut in January of 2015, giving him 31 caps already despite a debut just 19 months ago.

The injury is also a serious blow for the LA Galaxy. Zardes had come onto the field in the 31st minute to replace an injured Steven Gerrard, and in-form defender Jelle van Damme had also departed the match with a knee ligament injury which will see him miss 2-3 weeks.

Michail Antonio thought he was being pranked when he got his England call-up

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28:  Michail Antonio of West Ham during the Premier League match between Manchester City and West Ham at Etihad Stadium on August 28, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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Many were surprised when they saw West Ham winger Michail Antonio on Sam Allardyce‘s first England squad list.

Including Michail Antonio.

In fact, Antonio admitted he thought he was being pranked, or at the very least, the butt of a joke. Then he saw the proof, and began to get emotional.

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Speaking with the official England Instagram account, Antonio said, “So literally I’ve done an interview at the end of the game [West Ham’s 3-1 loss to Manchester City on Sunday] and then I’ve come in and the physio’s come over to me and gone ‘you’ve been called up.’ I was like ‘haha funny’ and he’s gone ‘no no seriously’ and I was like ‘good banter!'”

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The 26-year-old said he stared at the physio for a good 30 seconds before he was shown the official paper, at which point he began “welling up.” The water works came soon after. “So I gave my missus a call, obviously she doesn’t pick up. And then I just got myself mentally ready and waited for it to come out.”

Antonio has two goals in three Premier League games this season, although he struggled in West Ham’s season opener against Chelsea when forced to deputize at right-back. The London-born winger has never played under Allardyce, having joined the Hammers just a few months after Big Sam’s departure from West Ham.

Earthquakes fire longtime general manager John Doyle

SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 25: San Jose Earthquakes owner, John Doyle announces the San Jose Earthquakes new stadium ground breaking set for October 21st 2012 before the game between the Colorado Rapids and the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium on August 25, 2012 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Tony Medina/Getty Images)
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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Earthquakes fired longtime general manager John Doyle on Monday, replacing him with technical director Chris Leitch on an interim basis.

Coach Dominic Kinnear and his staff remain in place, the team said.

Doyle, who in 2005 was the inaugural member of the San Jose Earthquakes Hall of Fame, had been the general manager since October 2007 and helped bring the franchise back following a two-year absence. He is a former player, assistant coach and color analyst with the organization.

San Jose has a 7-8-11 record for seventh place in the Western Conference and was three points back of Portland for the final playoff berth.