How can Liverpool replace Luis Suarez?
With the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, Liverpool have a question to be asked. How can they replace their former star man?
The Reds 2-1 win against Southampton on Sunday evening showed promise. It showed that Liverpool do not have to rely on Luis Suarez or better yet, their raft of new signings to be successful.
Yes, it was only the first game of the season but it showed that they have prospects within their youth. Daniel Sturridge, 24 and Raheem Sterling, 19. Both players got their names on the sheet in the first match of the season. Now being dubbed as the new ‘SAS’, it looks as if Liverpool do not need to make any new signings.
But, after Luis Suarez’s departure rumors were circulating about possible transfers to team, most recently, Radamel Falcao. Falcao who has been linked to various clubs such as European champions Real Madrid is has said to be unsettled in Ligue 1. The 28-year-old striker would certainly be beneficial to Liverpool’s attack. However, with two weeks left in the transfer window it would be surprising if the Colombian man signed for the reds as Real Madrid is in his sights.
To be honest, Brendan Rodgers does not seem to be stressed about a replacement. After the Southampton match he probably feels as if his team will be okay. Liverpool do not have that one quality player like Suarez but they certainly have little players that can make up for that quality as a whole and they have youth which is very important.
With many summer signings the Reds have loads of promise within Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Divock Origi, Lazar Markovic, and Emre Can. It’s not quality just yet, but it’s quantity and that quantity will turn to quality. With Sterling and Sturridge leading the onslaught on the opposition’s goal, their partnership has the potential to be unbelievable.
Time will tell if this is enough for Liverpool to be successful, but with their return to the Champions League this season they will be tested. Suarez leaving came at the perfect time because it allows Liverpool to assess how well can they succeed and how far can they get? If ‘SAS’ can stay healthy and continue with their wonderful partnership, anything possible and Liverpool can be real contenders for the Premier League trophy this season.
Do you think that Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling can fill the void left by Barcelona-bound Luis Suarez, or does Brendan Rodgers still need to make an additional signing or two up front to make up for the loss of the Uruguayan? Let us know in the comments or on twitter @TBRFootball.