Jamie Carragher fears Liverpool can't replace Suarez

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes that his former side may struggle to cope with life without Suarez and called the striker 'difficult to replace.'

Suarez is set for a £75million move to La Liga Champions Barcelona in the next day or two, after a lot of speculation since the start of the summer. Although it may have been a coin toss whether Liverpool would sell the Uruguayan, his fate was decided when he bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during their World Cup match last month.

Carragher's reservations

With Suarez being given a four-month ban, The Reds clearly saw this as a disadvantage if they want to challenge for the Premier League this season, along with competing in the Champions League, and decided would be best for both parties if he left.

Talking to talkSport, Carragher said: "Liverpool are spending the money in a different way by strengthening the squad in lots of different positions, but they've almost had to do that because you're not going to get anyone better than Suarez.

"I'm sure Brendan will be looking to sign a top-class forward now, but we're talking about replacing one of the best players in world football.

"Maybe only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been above him over the last few years, so chances of finding someone better are very slim.

"But with Champions League football returning this season, Liverpool need a bigger squad and more quality and it seems like they're addressing that at the moment."

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Liverpool replacements

Manager Brendan Rogers has already set about trying to replace the goal-machine by bringing in both Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana to Anfield from Southampton, Emre Can from Bayern Leverkusen and Lazar Markovic from Benfica.

The Reds will be looking to challenge for the Premier League title again this season, having finished runners up to Manchester City last season by just two points.

However Carragher believes it will be difficult for his former club to repeat the success. He said: "It will be difficult to replicate last season, not just because of Suarez's absence, but because of the additional pressure and fixtures that come with European football.

"It's something Liverpool didn't have to contend with, so it'll be totally different for the squad, a lot of the players haven't played at that level before.

"It will be an interesting season, no one predicted that Liverpool would have such as good campaign last term, so if the side can reproduce that again this season, without Suarez as well as coping with Champions League football, it will be an even bigger achievement."

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