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Rodgers’ troubles - 7 Liverpool signings, but no Suarez replacement

Liverpool have been very active in the transfer market, apart from in one vital position.

It appears that Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers has been carefully looking at the problems of last season, without paying attention to the even bigger issue that has appeared this summer.

Luis Suarez's exit threatens to derail the good work Rodgers has done in the transfer market since the end of the season.

The arrivals of Dejan Lovren and Javier Manquillo have gone some way to tightening the defence, while Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Lazar Markovic have certainly improved the strength in depth of the midfield and wide areas.

However, with Iago Aspas leaving, it means Rickie Lambert has essentially merely replaced the Spaniard, even if he does end up being a significantly stronger performer.

Arguably, Liverpool need another central attacking addition, as well as the world class signing to come in for Suarez, unless Rodgers expects Markovic and Fabio Borini to fill in up front. Divock Origi could have been that other backup player but is of course on loan at Lille for the season.

The real problem for Liverpool is, who do they target to come in for their departed number seven?

Realistically they need one of the twenty best strikers in world football to arrive - no mean feat with so many of them already at top clubs who will be unwilling to sell to league/Champions League rivals.

Mario Balotelli has been mentioned and rejected, Karim Benzema has signed a new contract, and realistically, Liverpool should be thinking about bids for Edinson Cavani, Klass-Jan Huntelaar, Jackson Martinez and Wilfried Bony, before the likes of Mario Gomez and Christian Benteke of this world begin to look like valid options. 

In Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool already have a top class striker, better than many that would cost £30-40 million, but much of their danger last season depended on the double act of Suarez and Sturridge, two outstanding forwards where it is hard enough work for opponents to successfully nullify one, only for the other to do the damage.

The responsibility of leading the line will be a big change for the Englishman, if he has no support that is at least on a par with his attacking threat. 

No player is bigger than the club is of course a completely valid point, and in the long run it is absolutely true, but unless a replacement arrives for Suarez that can at least go some of the way to replacing the Uruguayan's goals, commitment and individual brilliance, the Reds may find themselves with an unexpected struggle in the forward department this season. 

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