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Why Liverpool must splash the cash to replace Luis Suarez

Jul 20, 2014, 3:02 PM EDT

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Over the weekend Liverpool agreed a $13 million fee with Queens Park Rangers for French forward Loic Remy.

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.

  1. Ian's Rushtache - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    I gotta disagree JPW.

    Throwing all that cash at a single player would be in complete contrast to the FSG philosophy and Rodgers own philosophy. I do think they will look to add more depth and I do think 1 additional striker may be brought in. But who can replace the brilliance of Suarez? No one is the same player and it would be a shame to splash that cash hoping to capture the same magic.

    Also, comparing Spurs and Pool is simply silly. Spurs were had a new coach coming in trying to install his system while gelling new players. ‘Pool have had Rodgers system in place for 2 and plenty of established players to help the new faces adapt.

    Having said that, Reus please.

  2. geejon - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Don’t understand why Liverpool didn’t insist on Sanchez+reduced fee rather than straight cash for Suarez. Unless Sanchez absolutely refused to go to Liverpool, which i doubt. They could have replaced Suarez with another world class player in his position and still had plenty of money from the sale for other signings.

    I understand the need for more depth all around this year as last year they had it easier with no European football, but Remy+Lambert does not equal Suarez and they’re placing an awful lot of faith that Sturridge can be the player he was last year which is no sure thing. Should he take a hit or dip in form, they’ll be fighting uphill the whole season.

    • Ian's Rushtache - Jul 21, 2014 at 7:51 AM

      Don’t understand why Liverpool didn’t insist on Sanchez+reduced fee rather than straight cash for Suarez. Unless Sanchez absolutely refused to go to Liverpool, which i doubt.


      Whether you doubt it or not, Sanchez flat out wanted to play in London. His decision was predicated on location alone, he did not want to be stuck in the NW.

      It is a shame because I see him as the prototypical Rodgers player, but BR will have other means to execute his vision.

  3. jeffberk2014 - Jul 20, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Maybe they’ll take Lester’s money from Boston and spend it in Liverpool. Good luck!

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