Jul 20, 2014, 3:02 PM EDT
Brendan Rodgers is continuing to spend the $128 million Liverpool received for star man Luis Suarez earlier this week, as the Reds try to prove there is life after Luiz. Frugal spending won’t get them there, though.
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Yes, Rodgers and Liverpool have plucked some gems out of the transfer market in the past, players like Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho prove that, however,with Suarez gone and Liverpool trying to replace not only his 31 Premier League goals but his influence in each and every game, they can’t do this on the cheap.
Remy is a fine player who scored 14 goals at Newcastle United last season. If he completes his move, he will join veteran Rickie Lambert who bagged 14 goals for Southampton last season as Liverpool’s two new strikers alongside Sturridge. With midfielders Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Lazar Markovic also signing on this summer, the Reds are certainly bolstering their squad ahead of the new season which will see them take in at least four competitions. There have been no defensive additions, which Rodgers should probably address, but going forward is the main focus right now.
When you look down that list of new additions: Remy, Lambert, Can, Markovic, Lallana… do any of them replace Suarez? It’s hard to see any of those mentioned making the same impact Suarez did at Anfield.
Rodgers probably doesn’t expect them to. Suarez is a one of a kind, that’s why Barcelona paid $128 million for him. Replacing him with a top-notch striker is what they need to do. Markovic, 20, is young and raw. Lallana and Lambert both shone for Southampton but have no experience of challenging for trophies. Can is unproven in England and Remy is a very good striker, but is he ‘Suarez class’? Definitely not.
With Arsenal snapping up Alexis Sanchez, who would have been a perfect fit to replace Suarez, Liverpool must aim for somebody of that caliber to come in and replicate Suarez’s success. Whether it is splashing some serious cash to bring in Marco Reus, Angel di Maria or any other attackers out there who may leave top European teams, they need to do it. The impact of losing Suarez over the summer should not be underestimated. Last summer we saw Tottenham cash in on Gareth Bale and then sign eight or nine very good players, but no ‘greats.’ Rodgers should not make the same mistake and sign quantity over quality. He is bolstering his squad for a Champions League campaign, but what if Sturridge gets injured? Where will Liverpool’s goals come from. Their total team play dazzled everyone last season, but Suarez was the key ingredient and now he’s gone.
Liverpool needs to act fast and spend big to retain their place amongst the PL title contenders.
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