Suarez is making it abundantly clear that he wants to move away from Anfield and the thought in many circles is to let him go, as it’s not worth keeping a player who doesn’t want to play for the club.
The main problem for Brendan Rodgers is that he’s built a team around Suarez since he arrived at the club, developing a system which is now under threat because of Suarez’s imminent departure.
The easiest thing for him to do is just change the figure head in Liverpool’s attack, which means the tactics don’t have to change too drastically.
Daniel Sturridge has shown how efficient he can be leading the Liverpool frontline and he could easily net a high number of goals in the coming season, if Rodgers deploys him as the sole striker.
That’s certainly not something he should be afraid of because Liverpool have a team which is based around having just a single striker up front.
The power in the midfield comes from a trio of Steven Gerrard, Lucas and Philippe Coutinho, supported by wide men on either flank who are able to provide an outlet of width when there is overcrowding through the centre.
Rodgers may feel as though he doesn’t want to burden Sturridge with that level of pressure, which increases the likelihood that he’ll go out and buy another striker as a direct replacement for Suarez.
Liverpool will net a huge fee in any deal for the Uruguayan which gives them more to play with when they dip into the transfer market looking for a top quality forward.
Rodgers may feel as though the best idea is to not try and replace Suarez at all because he’s that unique sort of attacking player, with a core set of skills which are exclusive to him and that’s what makes him so special.
Liverpool have a large enough squad to be able to play a combination of attacking players up front whether that’s Sturridge and Coutinho, Sturridge and Luis Alberto or Sturridge and Ispas, the combinations are clearly there.
An attacking combination of Sturridge and Coutinho seems most likely because the Brazilian can play the number ten role in attack, dropping off to form a five man midfield when Liverpool are under pressure and looking to retain the ball.
However, Aspas’ signing is very significant because he could replace Suarez, allowing Sturridge to play the sort of attacking role we saw last season when he had so much of his success, drifting slightly wider in attack, almost becoming a winger when Liverpool need to go back to that five man midfield.
If Suarez left today Liverpool could cope, it’s just a case of the best way for the team to setup and compensate for everything he guarantees and promises in an attack.
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