Liverpool must learn from Tottenham mistakes after Luis Suarez sale

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Across social networks I've seen a number of people claiming that Liverpool are risking 'doing a Spurs' as they attempt to replace their 31-goal-a-season striker Luis Suarez.

This relates to the idea that Spurs failed to effectively spend last summer after selling their talisman Gareth Bale. 

After selling Bale to Real Madrid for £85 million Spurs attempted to replace him by signing Erik Lamela from Roma, Christian Erikson from Ajax, Vlad Chiriches from Steaua Bucharest, Naser Chadli from Twente, Roberto Soldado from Valencia, Paulinho from Corinthians and Etienne Capoue from Toulouse.

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None of these players performed as well as expected this season and finished in a disappointing sixth place, outside the Champions League places.

When such an influx of new players enter a club it's hard to make them gel into a team, as Spurs found, and Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers will be hoping to avoid the same issue.

Liverpool have already signed Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana from Southampton, Emre Can from Bayern Leverkusen and Lazar Markovic from Benfica.

All these players have come with big price tags and reputations, as did Spurs' new signings but Liverpool's new boys will be hoping to impress and replace Suarez at Anfield.

Rickie Lambert

Lambert only cost £4 million and at 32 will be unlikely to be a regular starter for Liverpool but is a good addition to the squad and gives them another dimension to their attack that Suarez didn't offer.

The 6 ft 2 in striker was a key signing for Southampton becoming their top scorer as they were promoted to the Championship in 2011 and to the Premier League the following season.

Known for his large stature and physical performances, if Lambert can score 10 goals plus this season Liverpool will consider their £4 million signing a success.

Adam Lallana

At £25 million the 26-year-old is more of a risk buy than Rickie Lambert.

Lallana has only played two seasons in the Premier League but was crucial for the Saints in their promotions from League One to the top-flight.

The attacking midfielder had an exceptional 2013/2014 season which earned a place in England's World Cup squad but he failed to impress in the tournament.

Southampton held out for as long as possible and made sure they got as much money as they possibly could for the Englishmen, who scored nine goals and made six assists last season.

Lallana will need to improve on that tally next season if he wants to prove he's worth the £25 million Liverpool paid for him, but Rogers has a reputation for getting the best out of players and we could yet see Lallana step his game up another level.

Emre Can

Can is just 20-years-old and only cost Liverpool £9.75 million from Bayern Leverkusen.

Upon signing Brendan Rodgers described Can as an "inspirational young talent" and the starlet has been compared to the likes of Michael Ballack and Bastian Schweinsteiger, due to his attacking and defensive ability in the centre of midfield.

Can scored three goals and made three assists last season and impressed throughout, encouraging Brendan Rodgers to trigger his release clause and bring him to Anfield.

Rodgers has an exceptional talent for getting the best out of young players, as we saw with Raheem Sterling this season and if he can develop Can in the same way the Premier League will have an exceptional talent on its hands.

Lazar Markovic

Markovic is also 20-years-old and will be a prospect that Rodgers looks to develop after securing his signature for £20 million from Benfica.

The Serbian can play either as a winger or a striker and has a number of impressive qualities including an exceptional turn of pace.

The youngster made 19 starts for Benfica last season and scored five goals in his debut season for the side.

Brendan Rodgers will look to add a few more signings before the start of the season but after adding four attacking players to his squad, in an attempt to replace Suarez, he may now look to bolster his defence.

One benefit that Rodgers has is that he secured his signings early on and he can now look to mould his squad during pre-season and attempt to avoid 'doing a Spurs' as he looks to impress in his first season in the Champions League.

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