Luis Suarez was the Golden Boot winner last season, scoring 31 goals in 33 matches played in the league. His contributions were instrumental for Liverpool which were so close to winning the league title after 24 years.
Many thought that Suarez's departure was only going to impact the scoring board but two games into the new Premier League season, we could see that what Suarez brings isn't only goals, but his overall play and contributions throughout the game made him the player Barcelona bought for £75 million.
Liverpool adjusting to life post-Suarez
In the first two games Liverpool played, they looked out of sorts up front and caught with the ball at their feet for too long. Coutinho failed to produce his impressive performances he showed during pre-season and Sterling couldn't shoulder all the attacking play by himself.
Sturridge was running around without the ball for too long due to the lack of service from the midfielders. As the lone striker he has to run in behind defenders and hope to receive through balls but with Coutinho losing form and Sterling preferring to run at defenders himself Sturridge has to drop deeper to collect the ball then start the attack all over again.
Liverpool missing selfless Suarez
As we could see last season, Suarez was the one orchestrating the attack, collecting the ball in his own half then start distributing to the flanks or through balls for the pacy Sturridge up front. His selfless play makes him pass the ball more often and creating chances for teammates.
Other than that, Suarez's ability to create something out of nothing was the reason Liverpool were so ruthless last season. When the opposing defense least expected it, he starts turning defenders and creating goalscoring opportunities. His creativity allowed teammates to flourish with him with Sterling and Sturridge both improving by leaps and bounds last season.
Are the replacements good enough?
Replacing Suarez was never an easy task, but bringing in Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli isn't bad for the team either. Both will bring different dynamism to the team as shown at the Southampton game when Liverpool players were swinging crosses after Lambert came on which lead to the winning goal.
Although Lambert was bought more for off-bench or cup appearances, he provides Liverpool a plan B when they find it difficult to break opposition defence. Mario Balotelli would prove to be a huge gamble, as he has proved to be a goalscorer both at Manchester City and AC Milan, his off-field antics still need to be shaken off in order for him to flourish as a footballer.
Brendan Rodgers has done well the summer by bringing in nine good players into a team getting prepared for a Champions League season. But it is still a shame to not see Suarez playing in a Champions League match wearing the Liverpool jersey.
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