Building a professional football squad is just like a puzzle, and in alot of Liverpudlians' opinions, Liverpool FC is only a few pieces away from solving it.
The past decade has proven challenging for the boys in red, with the loss of legends like Jamie Carragher, Michael Owen, Xabi Alonso, Robbie Fowler, and so many more. However Brendan Rodgers has brought a new era to Anfield, one of big names for little prices.
While this concept is ideal at first glance, one has to consider the idea of a push for a title at some point soon. Liverpool have, at this time, one of the best teams in England, and in Europe.
Their current ranking in the EPL supports that statement. However, the conflicting evidence lies in the number 15, that which is created by the combination of seven and eight, the numbers of Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard respectively.
Let's start with Suarez, in the Uruguayan we see a player who came in positively, went through a rough patch, and seems to be on the other end of that patch now. However, one thing has remained constant throughout Suarez's career on Merseyside, that is the importance placed upon his shoulders.
Suarez is an amazing player, that is undoubted. But every team has a star striker, and the amount of work that is required of this man exceeds that of even the world's best strikers.
Beyond that idea, Suarez is not getting younger. At the age of 27, Suarez has another three to five years of "prime football" before he begins to ponder his future. This is a worrying concept for anybody in red, as the player means so much to the squad. Rodgers has clearly built a squad with the future in mind, but he has placed alot more significance on a push for success right now.
The other mentioned player, Steven Gerrard, is an obvious one to bring up. The number eight has spent many a year at Anfield, and the constant fact surrounding him is that he has always been important to the squad.
Even in his first matches Gerrard punched above his weight, and is now the main man on Merseyside. However Gerrard is even closer to hanging up his boots than Suarez is, an aspect of the number eight that has to be even more worrying than the loss of Suarez, because of the historical value Gerrard brings to the club.
It is undeniable, Gerrard means too much to Liverpool at this point for him to retire. If Gerrard went tomorrow, who would replace him? Coutinho? Henderson? What about Lucas?
The fact is that there is an argument against most of these players, and so Rodgers would be well supported if he looked for at least one major name player to join the club. This does not mean another Coutinho (though surely fans wouldn't be against that either). Ideally, Rodgers brings in a household name, but the key word in that statement is "ideally".
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