Carragher reacts to Suarez sale, Sanchez and Bony link

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In the hottest Liverpool and Arsenal transfer news this week, Alexis Sanchez arrived in the Premier League while Luis Suarez left for Barcelona.

The £75 million Liverpool stand to receive from Barcelona for the transfer of Luis Suarez is "a good price", according to former defensive mainstay at the Anfield club Jamie Carragher.

The Englishman, now a pundit with Sky Sports, lauded Suarez as the second best footballer he ever played alongside, admitted that he is "gutted" over the striker's sale and "wished" that recent Arsenal recruit Alexis Sanchez had opted to join the Merseysiders rather than the Gunners.

Carragher said: "Luis Suarez was the best Liverpool player I played with bar Steven Gerrard. I'm gutted he's gone but it was inevitable he would go to Spain one day."

There have already been a number of suggested candidates to fill Suarez's position, with some calling for Rickie Lambert to step-up and others believing Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony, who received a glowing endorsement from legendary forward Thierry Henry last month.

"I like Wilfred Bony but with all attacking midfielders it looks like it will be one striker most of the time with Daniel Sturridge as the main man," said Carragher. "Price is so important."

On Arsenal's acquisition of Sanchez, he added: "[That's a] great signing! [I] wish he'd chosen Liverpool! We still need to add a central midfielder, centre back and a goalkeeper."

Concluding on Suarez, the 36-year-old said: "It was the right time for everyone. He wanted to go and we got a good price considering the incident [biting Giorgio Chiellini] at the World Cup."

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