Joey Barton: How will Liverpool replace Luis Suarez?

Joey Barton

Former Manchester City and Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton believes that Liverpool will struggle to replace Luis Suarez.

Luis Suarez’s departure to Barcelona was not that unexpected, but it has still been hitting the headlines.

Last season’s best player for Liverpool, the 27-year-old Uruguay international striker will join the Spanish club on a five-year contract (click here to read more).

It brings to an end the three-and-a-half-year association between Suarez and Liverpool, during which time the former Ajax star was embroiled in many controversies.

The unsavoury behaviour of Suarez at the ongoing 2014 World Cup, during which he bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini, appears to be final straw that broke the camel’s back, as the Premier League club’s bosses finally decided to sell him.

However, Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton believes that the Merseyside outfit could have done more to hold on to the former Nacional forward.

Is it fair to suggest that Liverpool could have done more to retain the services of Suarez? After all, the club stood by him during the racism row involving him and Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, as well as after he bit Chelsea star Branislav Ivanovic in April 2013.

Barton also goes on to question how Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is going to replace Suarez.

This is indeed a question that many Liverpool fans will ask. It is hard to see the five-time European champions bring in a direct replacement for the striker. Perhaps Rodgers’s attack will be built around England international Daniel Sturridge, who also had a good campaign in 2013-14.

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