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Alas, Luis Suarez might not stay at Liverpool beyond the summer, given all the public flirtations with Real Madrid (and even the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal).
While that would deprive Liverpool of a main goalscoring option, and their best player last season, the silver lining is that in Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto, Brendan Rodgers has two options capable of filling in the same positions, if not necessarily with the same impact.
The two new signings are prized for their versatility: Aspas played all across the front for Celta Vigo, while Luis Alberto, having played as a false nine during his time on loan at Barcelona B, has gone on record stating his comfort playing up front in a report from David Prentice of the Liverpool Echo.
We discussed the merits of having an interchangeable and dynamic front four in the previous slide. Given Daniel Sturridge’s ability to play across the front as well, Aspas and Alberto may well find themselves given that opportunity and responsibility this season.
Jonjo Shelvey was tried as a false nine at one point last season, reflecting the lack of striking options for Rodgers in the first half of 2012-13. Now the Reds are well-stocked in forward selection.
If Suarez does leave eventually—and he won’t be participating in Liverpool’s first few games of the season anyway—perhaps the loss won’t be as devastating as they dread.
Provided that the adequate preparations are made this summer, starting on this preseason tour.
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