In the 2012/2013 season, Liverpool recorded their highest tally of Premier League goals since 2009; therefore it may come as something of a surprise that the latest transfer news involving the club concerns forwards. Unfortunately for the Reds’ supporters, Uruguayan star Luis Suarez is one of the strikers who has been linked with a move away from Merseyside, but Brendan Rodgers has wasted no time in trying to secure a possible replacement – or teammate – for the former Ajax captain.
Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas reportedly arrived in Liverpool to undergo a medical earlier this week, ahead of a £7.7m move. The Spaniard, who scored 12 goals in La Liga last term, can play anywhere across the front line and his versatility is something which will have caught the attention of Reds’ boss Rodgers.
Rodgers seems to prefer forwards who are adaptable and this can be seen in Liverpool’s current striking options. Suarez has excelled in a central role this season, but his outstanding ability to bamboozle defenders in wider areas has been witnessed many times, while Daniel Sturridge and Fabio Borini, too, can play on the outside of a front three.
Andy Carroll, Liverpool’s record transfer buy, is not suited to play across the front line and this is perhaps why Rodgers does not seem too keen on the towering Englishman. Carroll is rumoured to be on the verge of signing for West Ham United in a £15m deal, though this has yet to be confirmed.
Should Liverpool lose the services of Suarez, then it would cause great concern among supporters, regardless of how much money the club would make from his sale. The Uruguayan is arguably the Reds’ most important player and to lose a player of his quality would come as a huge setback for a side that failed to finish in the Premier League’s top four even with Suarez’s numerous goals last season. The imminent arrival of Aspas will ensure that Liverpool do not lack in numbers in forward positions as they did as the start of the last campaign, but replacing Suarez would be difficult.
However, this argument was also made when Fernando Torres left Liverpool for Chelsea in an incredible £50m move, but the Merseysiders managed to draft in another world class player in Suarez. Whether they would be able to do the same this time around remains to be seen. Ideally, Rodgers could do without the problems selling Suarez would bring, particularly as his main concern for this transfer window appeared to be fixing the Reds’ back-line.
Kolo Toure has already been added as a centre-back option, but Liverpool do not appear to be any closer to signing Kyriakos Papadopoulos from Schalke. Sporting Lisbon’s Tiago Ilori has been linked with a move to Anfield, with Martin Skrtel reportedly attracting interest from Rafael Benitez’s new side Napoli.
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