As speculation continues to grow surrounding the future of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, Raymond Doyle from FootballTips.com looks at four reasons why the Anfield club can cope without their top scorer.
1) The form of Daniel Sturridge
The point must be made from the outset that Liverpool must use all their powers of persuasion to convince Luis Suarez that his future lies at Anfield. However, no player is bigger than the club so should the Uruguayan leave English football, the Reds already have an in-form striker to take his place. Many pundits were unsure would Sturridge live up to his early promise following s successful loan spell at Bolton but his time at Stamford Bridge was a frustrating one spending much of his time on the bench. His January transfer to Anfield has been extremely impressive so far with the England international scoring 11 goals in his first 16 games for the Reds.
2) The new arrival of Iago Aspas
As Liverpool fans heard the latest quotes from Luis Suarez saying, “It would be very difficult to say no to Real Madrid…and I’m not prepared to continue suffering at the hands of the English journalists” the Reds had agreed a fee with Celta Vigo for Spanish forward Iago Aspas. Little was known of the striker a year ago but following an impressive display for a struggling side in La Liga, Aspas could well be an exciting signing for the Reds. The Spaniard scored 12 goals in 33 games for Celta Vigo who are fighting relegation and was wanted by many top clubs around Europe. The 25-year-old is seen as a forward who can play in numerous roles either as a striker or out wide, ideal for Brendan Rodgers’ favoured 4-3-3 formation.
3) Philippe Coutinho pulling the strings
Arguable the signing of the January window in the Premier League, the Brazilian international has been a sensation since his move from Inter Milan. The 20-year-old has already scored three times for the Reds but his passes against both Newcastle and Fulham will live long in the memory. Although his partnership with Suarez has been terrific, Coutinho showed in the final games of the season how he can develop a successful partnership with Sturridge as well.
4) At least £40 million to replace Suarez
Should Luis Suarez head for the exit doors at Anfield this summer, Liverpool will have at least £40 million in the bank to try and replace the striker. The Reds could also use the money to buy a much-needed central defender now that Jamie Carragher has retired and possibly a new left back. Rodgers would of course greatly miss the undoubted ability of Suarez next season but he may not miss the controversy that comes with the Uruguayan.