Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is preparing for a season without talismanic forward Luis Suarez after he completed a move to Barcelona recently. They are at risk of emulating Tottenham Hotspurs when their team suffered after losing star man Gareth Bale to Real Madrid for a world record fee.
Spurs used all the cash to overhaul the squad in order to cope without Bale for the first time. Most of the players brought in were relatively inexperienced and untested at the highest level. Some were even panic buys when they couldn't get their primary targets. Some proved to be good buys while many failed to leave a good impression in their debut season.
Christian Eriksen was a great creative force going forward but is caught missing during defensive work. Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado proved to be flops after failing to make an impact following their record breaking transfer fees. In the end they failed when the new team couldn't gel in time and they finish in sixth place, a place lower than the season with Bale.
Bale: Spurs hero
At Spurs, Bale was the one pulling them out of dangerous situations and single-handedly won game for them. But at Liverpool its a whole different story, although Suarez was instrumental in their title charge throughout the season, their success was built on teamwork rather than one man magic.
During important games against Manchester United and City, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho proved to be the game winners as they scored the all important goal to win the game. Besides, Suarez only had 31 out of the 101 goals Liverpool bagged during the season, meaning the goals came from the whole team, especially Martin Skrtel who scored a few goals in the season.
Liverpool possess gifted youngsters
The emergence of young players also contributed to Liverpool's success last season. The return of form for Jordan Henderson after a poor first season at Liverpool, Daniel Sturridge's goals up front and Raheem Sterling who impressed were the ones who helped Liverpool during the time Suarez was banned.
Saying that Liverpool are trying to replace Suarez is an overstatement. They're just building for the future and a season with European football back at Anfield. New signings like Emre Can and Lazar Markovic are young players who have very good potential in them. The likes of Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert also provide valuable experience to a young team like Liverpool.
If Liverpool can build on last season's success and forget about Suarez they can surely cope with all the expectations and start to win titles again.