'In great hands' but without its talisman, now Liverpool need to find another one

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He was loved, adored, other club's fans never really got it. Now Liverpool needs to find their next talisman.

Luis Suarez has said he is sure that Liverpool be successful next season as it was announced he will depart the club for Barcelona for £75 million. 

As he leaves Merseyside, the Uruguayan left a statement on the club's website, signed off as seems to be customary these days with 'You'll Never Walk Alone,' along with kind words about falling in love with the city, the club and its fans.

Part of his statement on the club's website, read: "I wish Brendan Rodgers and the team well for the future. The club is in great hands and I'm sure will be successful again next season.

"I am very proud I have played my part in helping to return Liverpool to the elite of the Premier League and in particular back into the Champions League."

For those that don't remember the days when league titles and European Cups were expected year after year at Anfield, Suarez was the possibly the best footballer to grace the turf at Anfield.

He arrived at a time shortly after Liverpool had been bought by Fenway Sports Group - a club that was a great name that was recovering from the wounds of a retched ownership prior to FSG's purchase of the club which left the club on the brink of financial ruin. 

No Champions League football available when he signed from Ajax, the Reds knew from his debut goal against Stoke City that this was special footballer. He had his controversies but there were times of absolute magic which endeared himself to the Anfield faithful. 

The time when he danced through the Manchester United defence to set up the first of Dirk Kuyt's three goals in a 3-1 win over their old rivals, an equalising goal against Newcastle United that showed control you'll rarely see on a football pitch, his gobsmacking four-goal display against Norwich City at Anfield only last season where he had his own collection of goal of the month entries.

They're just a few of his highlights. It's why fans loved him, it's why he was voted Player of the Year last year. 

Some will say that a player of his talents should have won more at Liverpool. He came agonisingly close to writing his name permanently in Anfield folklore as the Reds went so close to improbably clinching a first league title in 24 years - but his only major honour at the club was a League Cup, even if Liverpool have good foundations to build upon following his departure.

For that some will say he doesn't really rank alongside the greats of the club like Kenny Dalglish and Steven Gerrard. Liverpool are certainly poorer without a player of his ability, but when he came, the Reds didn't realise he was as good as he turned out to be.

He was this generation's hero, their idol in many ways. He had his flaws but he was a genius with the ball at his feet. Now Brendan Rodgers will be looking within to galvanise his troops and ask 'who can become the next hero?' He could be within the squad and may just need the stage to shine, or he could be on his way to Anfield this summer. 

It has now made this summer a crucial one. No doubt both Liverpool and Suarez will cross paths again, possibly in the Champions League group stages. 

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