Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Reds Must Chase Loic Remy as Luis Suarez Alternative

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistJuly 18, 2014

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - APRIL 19 : Loic Remy of Newcastle United in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Swansea City at St James Park on April 19, 2014 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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Liverpool's search for Luis Suarez's replacement is a futile one if the fans are expecting a player of similar style and elusiveness. That said, Brendan Rodgers is more than capable of landing a variation of quality forwards to fill the void left by the Uruguayan's departure.

Loic Remy should be considered a prime candidate for this relief effort, as the Queens Park Rangers speedster is being considered, per Ben Jefferson of the Express, now Arsenal's interest is said to have dropped:

Arsene Wenger had wanted to land Remy as back-up for Olivier Giroud next season but he is not willing to be held to ransom over wages to get his man.

That could pave the way for Remy to join Liverpool, who are also thought to be willing to trigger the French international's release clause. It is not clear however whether Liverpool are any more willing to bend to Remy's demands than the Gunners.

HULL, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Loic Remy of Newcastle United shoots past Alex Bruce of Hull City during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Newcastle United at KC Stadium on March 1, 2014 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Ima
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QPR chairman Tony Fernandes also expects the player to leave if an elite club puts up the money, reported by David McIntyre of West London Sport:

I’d like to keep Remy and I think I’ve made that clear, but he has to want to stay.

He’s turned down some clubs. Some clubs have come in and he’s said ‘No, I’d rather stay at QPR’.

If it’s a club that’s not dissimilar to QPR, then why go? If it’s a club that’s much bigger then I won’t hold him back.

While it's important to underline Remy cannot be considered a like-for-like replacement, his attributes would offer the Reds an alternative to Suarez, who recently completed his move to Barcelona, per James Orr of The Independent.

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 22:  Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool celebrates with team mate Luis Suarez after scoring his team's fifth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and Liverpool at Cardiff City Stadium on March 22, 2014 in Ca
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Remy is a proven goalscorer in the Premier League. Last season, his 14 goals in 26 appearances made a significant impact on Newcastle's season, winning 15 points that wouldn't have been accumulated if they were removed, per WhoScored.com.

He even managed six goals in 14 appearances during an ill-fated 2012-13 campaign with QPR, made all the more impressive due to the club's poor form and subsequent relegation.

He is the type of player whose natural pace, agility and finishing prowess can make an impact at any moment.

Liverpool already possess a similar talent in Daniel Sturridge, a more technical striker, but the Englishman works best when the ball is fed to his feet and he's quickly supported by speedy teammates.

Suarez and Raheem Sterling proved last season that Sturridge's most prolific form comes when he isn't afforded time to dawdle and must progress play quickly due to his colleagues' attacking runs.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23:  Loic Remy of Newcastle United runs with the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Aston Villa at St James' Park on February 23, 2014 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo
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Remy can fulfill this role alongside Sturridge.

Liverpool's future becomes more exciting when you consider Sterling and Markovic's gut-busting sprints from deep adding to the attacking overload, with Adam Lallana dictating through the centre.

Vitally, Rodgers is the type of manager who can eke more out of Remy, who has the potential to net at least 20 goals a season in England's top flight.

The Northern Irishman's love of improving quality players could work wonders here.

Remy isn't particularly versatile—he will occasionally drop out wide to receive the ball, but he is most often used in a central role—and he isn't a player who has harnessed great responsibility since arriving in the Premier League.

Both QPR and Newcastle have used Remy as their main source of goals, but he has been expected to contribute if the ball reaches him, not before.

Rodgers can galvanise Remy's work ethic and make him part of the aforementioned attacking unit. Alongside Sturridge, a player who has grown tremendously since accepting further duties at Anfield, it's likely Remy's game would progress beyond his goalscoring attributes.

NORWICH, ENGLAND - APRIL 20:  Manager Brendan Rodgers of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on April 20, 2014 in Norwich, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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While Liverpool fans would be wrong to expect Suarez-level quality if he did arrive, Remy would be an extremely useful signing for the club.

Rodgers' quest to replace the aforementioned Uruguayan ensures he will try multiple alternatives of different styles—Rickie Lambert adds target-man options, while Remy would add a more incisive goalscoring threat—but this is necessary to progressing beyond the legacy of their outgoing forward. Suarez cannot be replaced by a single signing.

It is important Liverpool's progress isn't significantly hindered during the coming season—the club will want to reach at least second once more—but Suarez's departure certainly makes things more difficult.

Thankfully, Liverpool fans have a manager who is more than capable of squeezing the absolute best out of his squad, a notion that would propel Remy toward success if he is brought in.