Even when Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez signed “that” new long-term contract with Liverpool in December, there was always an air or inevitability that he would move to Spain to join up with either Real Madrid or as expected in the next few days Barcelona.
The fall out of the move will begin, Who is better off from the deal? Should Barcelona spend that much on a player who maybe can’t be trusted? Was the fee correct? Who can Liverpool sign to replace him? Will he suit Barcelona’s philosophy?
It can be argued Liverpool have done the correct thing, £75m for a player who firstly is suspended, secondly let the club down again and thirdly and more importantly always had his heart set elsewhere. There is no doubt that without the suspension and his 3rd biting incident of his career fresh in the mind of the footballing world, Luis Suarez could and probably would have been the world record transfer. He could have been close to the £100m mark.
Liverpool will obviously have to invest wisely in creating a team that can improve on last season, with Champions League football at Anfield, the departure of Suarez does create the opportunity for Brendan Rodgers to assemble a deeper squad. The wheels are well and truly in motion to do this as Liverpool have already completed the signings of Southampton duo Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana. 20-year-old Lazar Markovic has joined from Benfica. Furthermore Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can has joined the ranks. They also have Fabio Borini joining back from Sunderland after his successful loan.
They have though lost their star player, not only do they need to replace the goals he scored, but the assists he made, Luis also brought out the best in people like Sterling and Sturridge. The Reds will need a “star” to try to replace Suarez, but the club may not be as attractive as people think. With a captain in Steven Gerrard that is getting older, paired with a defence that still needs a little addressing Liverpool may struggle to attract the very best. They do however offer Champions League football.
The true winners from the whole Suarez deal appears to be Arsenal. They have acquired a world-class player in Alexis Sanchez, for a fee that is very reasonable. That move would not have happened if Luis Suarez hadn’t of joined Barcelona.
Liverpool of course have to be careful, too many signings at once make it hard to gel, Tottenham had that issue last term when they didn’t quite have that cohesive team unit. The Liverpool fans will have high expectations, I hope for Rodgers and the new players sake, they aren’t unrealistic expectations.