Liverpool legend Ian Rush doesn’t believe the loss of star man Luis Suarez will be as big a blow to the side as some suggest, and thinks that manager Brendan Rodgers will benefit from having a stronger all-round squad.
With the club looking to bolster their ranks following Suarez’s £75 million departure to Barcelona this month, Rodgers has spent close to £60 million thus far on Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Lazar Markovic, in a bid to improve upon last season’s second-place Premier League finish.
With Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy also reportedly set to arrive for £8.5 million, as the team work on other potential deals for Dejan Lovren, Divock Origi and Javi Manquillo, Rush maintains that things are set up well for 2014-15 and has backed the side to better last season’s success.
‘He’s been a fantastic player but nobody’s bigger than the club,’ he told Sky Sports News Radio. ‘I think you’ve got to move on.
‘It’s similar to when I left – they got [John] Barnes and [Peter] Beardsley in, and I think Brendan’s looking to do something similar to that.
‘Suarez has been a great player for Liverpool but we’ve younger and stronger ones coming in now, and I think we’ll be better as a squad for that.
‘When Chelsea came to us last season they parked the bus and we really struggled to break them down. Now, though, we’ve got plans A, B and C. That’s what’s needed to be successful in the league and the Champions League.’
Having narrowly missed out on the title to Manchester City last season, it remains to be seen whether Liverpool’s summer additions will prove enough to replace Suarez’s influence, after his 31-goal campaign, but Rodgers appears be going to great lengths to ensure that the squad is improved in all areas.
Rush, like Suarez, was the team's talisman the season before his departure, netting 30 times during 1986-87, before a £3.2 million move to Juventus that summer.
Liverpool finished runners-up in that campaign but would go on to win the 1987-88 First Division in emphatic style, losing just two of their 40 games, with the current Reds side having a prime opportunity to repeat that scenario.