It is now quite clear that Liverpool will be competing without the services of Luis Suarez next season.
The Uruguayan has publicly pleaded with the club (via two British newspapers) to let him go after he claimed that Brendan Rodgers did not fulfil a promise of Champions League football.
Regardless of whether Suarez is showing a complete lack of loyalty or not, the club must now prepare for life without their main man.
Given the strong end to last season without the suspended Suarez, the Reds are capable of a successful season minus the Uruguayan.
Daniel Sturridge proved he had a keen eye for goal with Philippe Coutinho working his magic just behind him.
New signing Iago Aspas has also shown goals are very much a part of his game so far in pre season. The likes of Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing can also contribute on the goal front along with Fabio Borini who has an important year ahead of him.
However, the issue is the loss of an undeniably world-class player who last year grabbed a total of 30 goals for Liverpool.
Time will tell whether someone such as Sturridge can mirror similar success this year, but the Reds are ultimately losing the best striker in the world.
Missing someone of Suarez’s calibre will seriously dent Liverpool’s credentials for a top four finish - especially if sold to rivals Arsenal who share similar aspirations.
As previously mentioned, the likes of Borini have huge seasons ahead of them. The Italian failed to impress last term, despite being injury-plagued for much of the campaign. A question certainly hangs over his head with much to prove.
In addition, Sturridge will be desperate to carry on where he left off and this season will prove whether the English striker can live up to the expectations and responsibility now resting on his shoulders. He will now replace Suarez as Liverpool’s main striker and therefore has huge boots to fill.
Aspas has had a promising start to his Liverpool career. He’s looked sharp, scored goals and already received the plaudits of his new manager. As the case with most foreign players, the Premier League may come as a culture shock to the Spanish forward, especially facing a physical Stoke side on the opening day.
However, Aspas is made of the right ingredients as far as Rodgers is concerned and he will be more determined than anyone to prove that he can make an impact and take Liverpool to the next level.
As well as the addition of Aspas, Rodgers has shown the intention of adding another name up front. A bid of around £21 million had been made for Atletico Madrid striker-come-winger, Diego Costa.
However, the Brazilian looks set to turn down a move to Anfield after both himself and Atletico want Costa to stay where he is.
With only a week or so left before the big kick off, Rodgers has been left with little time to find an appropriate replacement thanks to Suarez’s latest outburst and duly exit. Any new signing the Liverpool manager wishes to add will have little time to settle with the new season starting on the 17.th
Suarez has shown a lack of loyalty towards the club who have before defended him after two inexcusable incidents that dented the reputation of the club. But the Reds must move on quickly and have proven before that the club is strong when a problem such as this arises.
It will take much work from management and players alike to replace a world-class player in Suarez, and only time will tell whether they can reach their aspirations of a top four finish without the Uruguayan.
One thing that is for sure is that Suarez has shown his indecency towards Liverpool who have often taken much blame for defending his antics. Going to the papers (who he once criticised) rather than the club itself and publicly announcing intentions to leave as well as threaten legal action, demonstrates Suarez’ true colours.
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