Liverpool are resigned to a new future minus Luis Suarez but the £75 million they have to spend means it is not a bad position to find themselves in, all things considered.
The main priority for manager Brendan Rodgers, however, will of course be how to replace the Uruguayan forward.
Suarez can be deployed anywhere across the forward lines, wide or as a more traditional striker but the presence and improvement in the squad in Daniel Sturridge means the necessity for an out-and-out No.9 striker is lessened.
Meanwhile, the Merseyside giants are linked with Turkish attacking midfielder Arda Turan who is reportedly being considered for a move to Anfield but could cost as much as €40 million if Ateltico Madrid demand any potential suitors meet his release clause.
The 27-year-old Turkish international can play on either flank or through the middle as a central midfield player – whilst he typically operates in the left channel in the Spanish capital, his creativity and vision could be exploited more if he operated just off the striker, in a No.10 type of role that Suarez has played just off Sturridge or as a wide forward.
Whilst he wouldn’t be a like-for-like replacement for the outgoing forward, Turan’s exceptional technique and audacious skill could in effect compensate for the loss of Suarez in that respect.
He doesn’t possess as much in terms of a goal threat and is not known as a regular goal scorer but his dynamism and flair would certainly be comparable to the Uruguayan.
Liverpool have already brought in Adam Lallana, and Rickie Lambert (as well as Emre Can) who join Sturridge, Raheem Sterling, Coutinho, Suso, Oussama Assaidi, Iago Aspas and Fabio Borini in the attacking lines under Rodgers. The club are also heavily linked with interest in Swansea striker Wilfried Bony suggesting the boss will indeed be intending to bring in another powerhouse striker.
However, by bringing in another striker, Liverpool can replace some of Suarez’ goal threat but that does not necessarily compensate for the space he creates for others via his dribbling and movement – when Suarez runs at defenders, he drags them all over the place, creating that space for the likes of Sturridge, Coutinho, and Sterling to operate in to devastating effect oftentimes.
That kind of ability to run at back lines and create space is something few players on the continent do better than Arda Turan. When he goes for a run, he causes chaos and that opens up space for his teammates, which is arguably why the likes of Diego Costa and company have been so effective in tandem for the La Liga champions.