The Reds’ boss oversaw one of the tightest title fights in years last term as Liverpool not only made the top four in the Premier League, to qualify for the Champions League, but very nearly won the league with sensational high-scoring encounters, largely built on the abilities of Luis Suarez and Daniel Strurridge.
Flash-forward less than two months after the end of the season in which Suarez won the Premier League Golden Boot for his 31 goals and the club have sold the Uruguayan for £75 million to Real Madrid.
Following his biting on Italy’s Georgio Chiellini it soon became apparent the Merseyside giants could not defend the controversial striker’s behaviour any longer and that now was the time to cash in on his value and £75 million for a player who has been suspended for a third of his career at Anfield isn’t too bad either.
It does leave the Reds in a cumbersome predicament of how to replace a player of such unrivalled ability but Brendan Rodgers insists the club are looking forward to the future, which he believes the club can prosper without their star front man.
“The sale of Suarez does not lessen our ambition," he told reporters. "We thank Luis for his contribution here but we move on, looking for the right players.”
"We'll go and do our best. Our best last year nearly won us the title,” he added.
There will of course be reservations about how the club can replace Suarez’ 31 goals and 10 assists last term but lest we forget that Daniel Sturridge scored an impressive 24 goals in all competitions last term.
Their combined £50 million outlay on Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Emre Can and Lazar Markovic suggests Rodgers is intent on building a competitive squad rather than a team over-reliant on the services of one player, especially when that player is one that has a long history of suspensions.