Liverpool Transfer News: Reds' Forward-Line Exodus Shows Shrewd Club Direction

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJuly 18, 2014

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 11:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool with his son Benjamin after the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Newcastle United at Anfield on May 11, 2014 in Liverpool, England. Liverpool finish as runners-up in the Premier League.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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In the interest of self-improvement, Liverpool's forward line was always going to be an area of mass renovation this summer, or at least it was once the realisation of Luis Suarez's departure became imminent.

In this window, the club have now either sold, loaned out or are close to selling three others in attack, with Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas joining Malaga and Sevilla, respectively, on season-long loans, while Fabio Borini is expected to make a permanent Sunderland switch.

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Sky Sports confirmed Aspas' temporary exit on Friday, with the forward relaying to Spanish radio station Cadena Ser about his disappointing time in English football:

My experience in the Premier League was fabulous on a collective level, but on an individual level it was very hard for me, because I went from playing all the time to not playing at all. Perhaps I struggled to adapt, I'm not going to kid myself, but above all our striking partnership, which Luis Suarez was a part of, scored 50 goals. 

They produced spectacular performances and so it was very complicated for me to get into the team. All I want to do is play football and Sevilla have given me that opportunity, and now I hope to be able to pay them back on a big scale. Sevilla deserve to be in the Champions League after the last few seasons they have had. I hope to play as often as possible, and I hope to spend many years in Seville.

Compared to his past at Celta Vigo, joining the current Europa League champions is still a very respectable standard for Aspas to be adhering to, and Liverpool will remain hopeful that they may one day make use of his talents.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24:  Liverpool player Iago Aspas in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Liverpool at Villa Park on August 24, 2013 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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The Times' Tony Barrett, meanwhile, suggested on Friday that a £14 million fee had been agreed with Sunderland for the sale of Fabio Borini, whom Liverpool purchased two years ago for a fee in the region of £10 million:

Granted, the Reds may have hoped the Italian would fulfil his apparent potential at Anfield, but abandoning that hope in pursuit of new ventures if the most pragmatic route at this juncture.

What's more, as Huw Davies of FourFourTwo points out, cashing in on the player for a profit while the hype surrounding his name is strong makes for good business:

Suarez's £75 million move to Barcelona is of course financing more than just the strike force, with Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Lazar Markovic costing a combined estimate of £56 million.

Together, factoring in the purchase of £4 million man Rickie Lambert, it makes for a £60 million spend thus far according to the Express' Alex Harris, and the improvements are evident.

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Markovic, freshly arrived from Benfica, has long been looked upon as one of Europe's hottest prospects, and should he build upon the potential shown in Lisbon and during his Partizan Belgrade development, he's a marked improvement on Borini or Aspas.

One can debate about just what value Lambert brings to the starting XI, but even as a covering option, he makes for an awfully good addition, who will undoubtedly add his own touch to the front line.

Incoming players often grab the headlines in modern football, but parting ways with dead weight is just as important, especially for a club such as Liverpool who are all about putting behind them the wasteful ways of years gone by.

Alberto may yet return to the club with rejuvenated plans for his Anfield prospects, but putting Aspas back in La Liga's shop window may yet have its benefits, too.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 24:  Luis Alberto looks to pass the ball during the match between the Melbourne Victory and Liverpool at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 24, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)
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In review, the Merseysiders have moved early to revolutionise their forward ranks this summer and it's working wonders thus far.

Granted, a Luis Suarez replacement—if there can be one—is yet to arrive, but the business stratagem operated upon thus far looks highly promising.


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