Liverpool will be desperate to keep hold of Luis Suarez, but if he does end up leaving the club, their move for Iago Aspas, coupled with the options they already have, should be enough firepower for next season.
With the reports of Iago Aspas’ impending move to Liverpool breaking at a similar time to Luis Suarez’ seemingly stepping up his attempts to manoeuvre a move away from Anfield, it seems that Brendan Rodgers might have already begun his preparations for next season without the Uruguayan.
Liverpool have since made it clear they hope to resist any attempt to lure Suarez away, but there is still a good chance he will leave, with Real Madrid apparently prepared to pay £40millin despite the striker’s chequered past.
There has even been speculation about how Liverpool might intend to spend the fee, and much of this centres on reinforcing their strike force to replace Suarez. However with the deal for Aspas seemingly agreed, would they need to buy another forward this summer?
They already have Daniel Sturridge and Fabio Borini on their books, and given that Rodgers generally used a three-pronged attack last season, they have many other players that can be used in their forward line.
Aspas, Borini and Sturridge can all play either through the centre or on the flanks of the attack, and players like Philippe Coutinho, Suso, Raheem Sterling and Stewart Downing add depth to their resources on the wings.
It might be said that given the relative youth of many of these players, Liverpool might hope to add an experienced head or two to their attack, but Rodgers has already shown he is happy to put faith in his young players, often to great effect. Another concern could be the injury Sturridge picked up on international duty, but the full extent of that is still unknown.
If they are worried about lacking a physical presence they could even keep Andy Carroll, although that now looks unlikely. However even without Carroll and Suarez, Rodger’s preferred system and style of play means they have plenty of players who can play in their attack, and Liverpool might be best served by strengthening other areas, such as the centre of their defence.
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