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Good for you, Liverpool: Suarez fee straight-up silly

Jul 11, 2014, 12:20 PM EDT

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This morning on Twitter, I watched as some respected soccer minds/friends/Liverpool supporters worried regarding Luis Suarez‘s departure to Barcelona.

Surely it’s understandable when a superstar skips town, especially when he scored 31 goals the previous season. And in a “glass half-empty” world, it’s easy to grasp concerns that the Reds will flunk the test of spending the $128 million coming from Suarez’s sale (just ask Spurs fans).

So allow me to put these thoughts out there for Liverpool fans this morning: your club just did you very, very well.

First off, that $128 million is going to come in mighty handy for a striker or two to use in, I don’t know, August, September and October. Those are months that Suarez would not have been available due to his suspension for biting a player for the third time in his career.

[ MORE: Liverpool, Suarez confirm striker is leaving Anfield for Barcelona ]

[ MORE: Where does the crazy $128 million Suarez transfer fee rank all-time? ]

That money should also be useful to pick up some defenders for Europe, as Liverpool allowed a relatively-high amount of goals last year. The figure is 50, and it’s nine more than anyone else in the Top Five.

Perhaps that’s the main reason the Reds went 2-4 against the other members of the Top Four last season, being outscored 8-2 in those losses. Suarez played in each of those losses, by the way, scoring no goals and adding a whopping zero assists. In those two wins, though, 5-1 over Arsenal and 3-2 over City, he had no goals and two assists. So he was better.

Your team scored 101 goals last year, one behind Manchester City and 30 goals ahead of third-place Chelsea. Those will still come, especially with the addition of Adam Lallana from the FA’s Team of the Year. He’s pretty valuable insurance in case 34-year-old Steven Gerrard becomes 34-year-old Steven Gerrard.

And even if the Reds count their three transfer purchases as a part of the making up for Suarez, they’re playing with 36 million pounds through August just to meet the cost of a striker who wouldn’t have played in the first three UEFA Champions League group stage matches in addition to the eight Premier League and two League Cup matchups.

He’s also 28 in January, two months after his suspension ends. Plus, there’s a certain amount of value in knowing you won’t be held hostage by whatever nefarious act he cooks up next.

IN (Cost: 39 million pounds): Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Emre Can

OUT (Fee: 75 million pounds): Luis Suarez

So if Liverpool had to pay 20 million pounds for Wilfried Bony from Swansea, they could still drop 16 on a pair of defenders. And that’s before they spend anything outside of the Suarez money.

Know what happened the year after Manchester United sold Cristiano Ronaldo for crazy dough? They scored 18 more goals despite “replacing” him with Antonio Valencia, Michael Owen and Gabriel Obertan. Admittedly, they finished with five less points and dropped to No. 2 in the league.

Please stop the dour and defeatist talk that make the grumpiest Buffalo Bills fans look like the “Shiny Happy People” video. It’s going to be fine. And if it isn’t, it won’t be because you sold Suarez.

  1. acorp11 - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    As a Newcastle supporter, I’m just happy he’s out of our league. I won’t miss anything about him.

  2. mianfr - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    May as well drop the rest on Monaco’s doorstep for James Rodriguez and hope for the best… Sturridge is a fine enough striker as is that they don’t necessarily need to replace position for position.

  3. sw19womble - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    One thing’s for certain – Liverpool fans will find some way to make themselves the victim in all of this.

    • classicalfje - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      No we won’t. I’m happy he’s gone as an LFC fan. I don’t want that kind of behavour at a club like Liverpool. I wouldn’t want to see that behavour in a league like the Barclay’s Premier League in general. I’m really happy with the transfer season so far, and all the players we bought (and rumoured to be buying) is with the money pre-Saurez-sale, that FSG gave to LFC to spend this window. Now there is 75M from Suarez’s sale that can be spent.

  4. thedeadlockvictim - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Should definitely go for J-Rod.

  5. Ian's Rushtache - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Personally I am glad the headache is gone. He is a talent, probably the best striker to wear the shirt. The drama was too much.

    As much as I would love to see Rodriguez join, he has flat out said he does not want to play in England yet. He wants Spain as he doesn’t care for the physical style in England.

    Still would like a pair of outside backs, Johnson gone, and a DM. 1 more ST would be nice.

    I’m not worried about losing Suarez because we still have Rodgers.

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