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Given that Liverpool have already signed smartly this summer—they had confirmed the transfers of Kolo Toure, Simon Mignolet, Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas before the window even opened—perhaps it is a slight anomaly that they appear on this list.
But with Luis Suarez the center of negative attention surrounding the Reds, as usual, it could be a sizeable transfer bid that forces the hand of Brendan Rodgers and his backroom team to let go of a volatile member of the squad.
The problem, as it always is with Suarez, is that the No. 7 is perhaps the most important player in the Liverpool side. Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho allayed some of the responsibility on Suarez’s shoulders, and they filled in to great effect during Suarez’s end-of-season ban, but the impact that Suarez has on his team is undeniable.
And Rodgers’ efforts to sign players to potentially replace Suarez has suddenly come to a dramatic stop as well.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the Armenian midfielder who starred so impressively for Shakhtar Donetsk and was rumored to be Liverpool’s top target, has ended up at Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund, as confirmed by BBC Sport, throwing a considerable spanner in the Liverpool transfer works.
As the Reds continue to dither over a long-rumored move for Ajax Amsterdam’s Christian Eriksen, and have yet to turn their long-standing interest in defenders Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Toby Alderweireld into concrete moves, via Liverpool Echo, this is a slightly dampening second phase of the summer so far.
Liverpool’s last-gasp transfer moves have not sat well with their fans recently. Last summer, they were left to play the first half of their season with Suarez as their only striking option after Andy Carroll left without a replacement, and of course, it was Carroll who replaced Fernando Torres—ultimately quite inadequately—on that fateful deadline day of January 2011.
They appear to have learned from past lessons with their early business this summer, but when they do finally get enough of Suarez, what will happen then?
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