Liverpool latest: Former striker’s tongue-in-cheek comment, Carragher identifies future target

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Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has backed Daniel Sturridge to step up if Luis Suarez leaves this summer.

Uruguay international striker Suarez is reported to be close to a move to Barcelona, as the Reds are believed to have accepted a £62 million offer from the Spanish club for the 27-year-old.

Suarez was the Merseyside outfit’s best player last season and was the main reason why they finished second in the Premier League.

However, Hamann, who played for Liverpool between 1999 and 2006 and won the Champions League among other trophies, believes that England international Sturridge will fill the void left by the former Ajax star's departure.

‘Sturridge did brilliantly last year and he didn't get the recognition because he was always in Suarez's shadow’, quotes the 40-year-old as saying when asked who can replace Suarez at Liverpool. ‘He has matured a lot in recent years, I played with him at Man City and I am sure he has the capability to step up’.

  Goal AssistGoalsOntarget Scoring AttAccurate PassSuccessful Final Third PassesPen Area EntriesAppsMins
Luis Suarez 12 31 81 946 503 110 33 2,964
Daniel Sturridge 7 21 42 587 235 41 29 2,275

Another former Liverpool player who believes that the club are not going to miss Suarez if he leaves this summer is Titi Camara.

The former Guinea international striker was on the books of Liverpool between 1999 and 2000, and could score only 10 goals in 37 appearances in all competitions.


The 41-year-old’s post on Monday was meant to be a tongue-in-cheek comment, but many failed to understand it, leading him to post the following on Tuesday:


Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher also admitted his disappointment at the prospect of Suarez leaving Anfield, and conceded that Brendan Rodgers’ side could struggle without him next season.


The 36-year-old former England international defender believes that the Reds should try to sign Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.


Meanwhile, Liverpool defender Jose Enrique has said that he is delighted to be back in pre-season training.

The Spanish left-back missed most of the 2013-14 campaign with a knee injury, but is now relishing starting the new season.

‘I've been here since last week and I'm really happy’, the 28-year-old told the Liverpool Echo. ‘I've been waiting for this moment for so long. I'm feeling great.

"I'm really happy to try to be playing games again. I've been working in the summer and I've been here for the last week. I've been working quite a lot in fitness terms.

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