Liverpool fans will be sad to see Luis Suarez leave as despite his troubles there is no doubt he is a wonderful footballer. He deservedly picked up the end of season awards for his exploits in the past year, and Premier League fans will miss him for a variety of reasons.
Suarez was an entertaining player and was also instrumental for Liverpool, they'll need to replace him with someone who can make an immediate impact.
The formalities of the Suarez to Barcelona transfer have been completed and Liverpool will receive £75 million in return. They have already spent a fair amount on new signings this summer as they aim to build on last season. Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Emre Can have all arrived and they were on the lookout for further players regardless of the Suarez situation.
In recent weeks they have been reported to be in talks with Lazar Markovic of Benfica and Divock Origi of Lille in deals that would amount to another £30 million being spent. Origi has come to prominence after a great World Cup where he outshone Romelu Lukaku. Origi would join Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert as the club's main strikers, but with Origi still a raw talent another striker could be brought in.
Wilfried Bony is the latest to be linked, and whilst that would seem like a sensible signing for Brendan Rodgers he need to start looking at strengthening his defence. Liverpool's sloppy defending cost them last year, and it is obvious they need to bring in reinforcements in that area.
Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel aren't the defenders they used to be and Kolo Toure is unreliable. Jose Enrique and Glen Johnson have also had better days so defenders in all three positions could be needed. Dejan Lovren has been identified as one and although a bid had been placed it fell short of Southampton's valuation. The extra money now gained from the Suarez transfer can help them improve their bid, so expect that deal to go through in the next week.
It could be a big season for John Flanagan as he impressed last time round, although the Champions League will be a step up for him.old could be one to take a risk on.
Rodgers may well think that he has enough resources for defence as things stand, and it doesn't look as if any of the current players are on their way out. If they bring in Markovic, Origi, and Bony then they will certainly have one of the best and most exciting attacking teams in the league even without Suarez. Perhaps Rodgers will just go with the Kevin Keegan mantra of just trying to score more goals than the other team. Some high-scoring games could be witnessed at Anfield this year.