Liverpool needed to replace Luis Suarez with Neymar - Jimmy Bullard

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Liverpool made a big mistake by failing to sign a world-class replacement for Luis Suarez, such as Barcelona superstar Neymar, after the Uruguayan striker left Anfield in the summer of 2014.

This is according to retired midfielder Jimmy Bullard, who has not been impressed with Liverpool’s transfer activity since Suarez departed for the Camp Nou.

Liverpool struggled to score goals last season without the brilliant South American, who went agonisingly close to helping the Reds end their long wait for a Premier League title shortly before he left England, and subsequently finished the 2014-15 campaign in sixth place.


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Bullard believes it could have been a different story, though, had the Merseyside outfit signed a player of similar quality to Suarez.

"They haven't bought enough,” the former Wigan Athletic, Fulham and Hull City star was quoted as saying by the Express. “They bought ok, but Roberto Firmino has not produced.

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"They got rid of top quality and they haven't got that back.

"With the likes of Suarez going and not getting world quality, for me as a fan I want to see a world-class striker join.

"I wanted to see a Neymar or someone to replace Suarez. They took a risk with signing Danny Ings from Burnley."

Bullard is backing Brendan

Despite Liverpool’s questionable transfer market activity, Bullard believes Brendan Rodgers is still the right man for the job.

The Northern Irish coach is under considerable pressure following a poor start to the new season, but some hope was restored thanks to last weekend’s 3-2 win over Aston Villa.

"Is Benteke world class? On the other scale, that's why I back Rodgers,” the 36-year-old added. “He goes off what he sees and doesn't just go off names.

"He can do a job and that's why I like him and back him for that."

Sturridge will make a big difference

While it’s true that Liverpool missed Suarez last season, the Reds also suffered without Daniel Sturridge, who spent most of last season out injured.

The England international returned to action earlier this month and already has two goals in his first two Premier League appearances.

As for the possibility of Liverpool signing Neymar to replace Suarez, there was never any realistic chance of that happening.

Liverpool fans: which player could have replaced Luis Suarez at Anfield last summer? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!

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