Liverpool are coming to terms with the fact they've lost Luis Suarez and have begun looking at possible replacements. One who has been mentioned is Swansea's Wilfried Bony. He would set Liverpool back roughly £20 million, a whole lot less than the reported £75 million that they got for the sale for Luis Suarez to Barcelona.
Well, the Ivory Coast international has been playing in the Premier League already with Swansea for the last year therefore is accustomed to the league and it will get rid of any potential 'settling in period' that a player from a foreign league would have to face, which is great for Liverpool as they will be looking to hit the ground running.
He is a player who, in no disrespect to Swansea, played in a rather poor outfit last year in comparison to Liverpool and scored 16 goals in the Premier League. Assuming he plays just as well or even better next season, he could easily get 20+ goals in stronger side. He is a strong, athletic player who can really give defenders serious problems and even in defensive decisions, he is very useful.
Liverpool have already completed a few signings; they signed former-Southampton duo, Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana who were followed by ex-Bayern Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can. They are looking to add to this by bringing in Lille's Divock Origi who impressed while at the World Cup with Belgium who is valued at around £10 million and have reportedly had a £19.8 million accepted for Benfica winger Lazar Markovic- although neither club have confirmed it according to Sky Sports.
Suarez was handed a four month ban from all football activity and appealed it, however this appeal has now been officially rejected by FIFA. He will be unavailable to play for Barcelona until late October at the earliest. In my opinion, Liverpool are better off without the Uruguayan superstar who is covered in controversy. They have now freed up a vast amount of money to fund transfers which I feel will more than make up for their loss and even further strengthen them in attack and other key areas of the pitch. They will also get rid of his baggage that has seen him miss multiple games in a Liverpool shirt.
Sky Sports pundit, Glen Hoddle believes that: “Brendan [Rodgers] will go out and try and replace him with probably two or three players. He’ll have to look at it differently because you’re not going to find another Suarez to replace what he’s done.
“Maybe really two or three really class, top players will add to the squad and will make the squad stronger in a different way.”
Going on to speak about how Liverpool could be now relieved if he is to go, “Off the pitch it might be ‘phew, we’ve got away with that a little bit and got decent money for him’.
“I think Liverpool will look at it and say it was out of their hands in many ways why he’s had to leave, but they move on." as reported in Sky Sports.
This is an opinion I fully endorse, I feel that it was his time to go and make a new start in Spain in an attempt to put all that has happened behind him. The move is definitely the best for all parties except for Barcelona's bank account.
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