It’s three years now since Liverpool sold Luis Suarez to Barcelona.
The club nearly came close to selling another star to the Blaugrana this summer, with Philippe Coutinho the subject of three bids from the Spanish giants.
But Liverpool were able to do what they couldn’t in 2014. Suarez’s desire to leave was clear and, after firing Liverpool to second place in the Premier League in the 2013-14 season, the Reds allowed the Uruguayan to move on.
Suarez won’t be regretting his decision to leave Anfield. In three seasons at Barcelona, he’s won two La Liga titles, the Champions League and lifted the Copa del Rey trophy on three occasions.
He won the Pichichi Trophy in 2016 - the award given to La Liga’s top goalscorer - after scoring 40 goals in 35 league appearances.
Speculation that Suarez could leave Liverpool actually surfaced in 2012, when then-manager Brendan Rodgers was forced to deny claims that he might join Manchester City.
"There will be no bidding war. He's staying here," Rodgers said, per The Guardian. "If we lost Luis then we've got no strikers. I don't think we can afford to lose anyone. He's certainly not someone we want to sell or move on.”
How Liverpool fans reacted on Twitter
Liverpool managed to get another two seasons out of the striker before he got his move to Barcelona.
Given his enormous talent, the Reds couldn’t really complain; they’d gotten three-and-a-half seasons of Suarez’s best, including his incredible showing in the 2013-14 season in which he netted 31 goals in 33 league appearances.
So it’s no surprise that many Liverpool supporters were gutted when the Uruguay international completed his £75 million move to the Camp Nou, as their tweets proved.
Others reacted to the news by trying to remain positive.
Meanwhile, some Liverpool fans thought Suarez's replacement was already at the club in the form of Daniel Sturridge.
Well, it's safe to say that Sturridge hasn't delivered in the way many fans hoped he would.
Liverpool have struggled to locate one individual who can replace Suarez's production but have instead found a group of players who can terrorise defences in the same way the Uruguayan did.
Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Coutinho combine to create arguably the finest attacking quarter in the Premier League, with just one of Liverpool's eight goals this season not being scored by one of those four players.
With Suarez in the side, Liverpool were often referred to as a one-man team. That's not the case any longer.
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