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Liverpool's handling of the Andy Carroll saga still baffles me.
Brendan Rodgers acknowledged he couldn't sell the English striker at a smidgen of the £35 million spent on him the year before (via The Daily Express). A sensible move.
Instead, the 23-year-old was allowed to join West Ham United on a season-long loan. Again, that's an acceptable temporary resolution to the player's future.
Unfortunately, Carroll was never replaced.
Rodgers confirmed the club would sign a new striker before the transfer window closed (via ESPN), but this never materialised. Instead, Liverpool's attacking line is looking barren.
Luis Suarez has proven his class at Premier League level. Fabio Borini is working hard to do the same. The newly-acquired Italian has only scored one goal in seven competitive appearances so far, indicating he isn't going to provide 30 goals every season (something the club desperately needs).
Both are assets to Liverpool. For a club that is battling in domestic and European competition, their fitness is key to any success. One injury puts Brendan Rodgers' side in danger. If Suarez was to suffer a serious problem, would Borini be able to lead the line on his own?
Such thoughts will send shivers down the spines of the Anfield faithful.
This is a club that is built on the legacy of its great forwards. Rush, Dalglish, Fowler and even Torres have provided Liverpool with the tools to scare opponents.
Now that Carroll is gone, the pressure is left on those who remain.
The failure to outline a replacement hasn't been overcome by John W. Henry's letter to the fans (via The Guardian). Most will see right through that.