Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Carlos Tevez Not Suitable Alternate for Luis Suarez

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IJune 18, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 11:  Carlos Tevez of Manchester City in action during the FA Cup with Budweiser Final between Manchester City and Wigan Athletic at Wembley Stadium on May 11, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Liverpool are finding out that it's going to be extremely difficult to replace a talent like Luis Suarez if he opts to leave Anfield.

Multiple media outlets have been reporting that Suarez could be on his way out of Liverpool, including Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror, who reports that the Reds could be looking to Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez as a potential replacement should Suarez depart.

While Tevez is one of the better players in the English Premier League, I think we can all agree that his play certainly isn't on the same level as Suarez.

The 26-year-old Suarez scored a club-high 23 goals for Liverpool this past season to go with five assists, while the 29-year-old Tevez notched 11 goals and eight assists for City.

Clearly Suarez brings more to the table, but that doesn't mean I'm saying this is a bad move for the Reds. Tevez is definitely a productive player on the attack, and Lewis reports that he could be available for as little as £8 million.

Liverpool aren't the only ones interested in Tevez though, as AC Milan and Juventus are rumored to be in the running for prying the forward away from Manchester City, according to the Daily Mirror.

If he does end up with the Reds, Liverpool shouldn't expect Tevez to come to Anfield and have the same production as Suarez. The Uruguayan star is one of the most versatile scorers on the planet, scoring from long range, in the air and near the box.

If the Reds are going to take Tevez on, they need to bring in another scorer to make up for the loss of Suarez. Playing alongside a healthy Daniel Sturridge will help, but Liverpool still need more talent on their attack to compete for the Champions League.

Again, this is all speculation, as Suarez hasn't officially left Liverpool, but it certainly sounds like he's on his way out.

If the Reds can get him for cheap, then the Tevez deal is smart, but Liverpool shouldn't be expecting him to be an immediate fix if Suarez leaves Anfield.