While the Uruguayan no longer has a place in the Liverpool squad, or indeed fans’ hearts, his ghost still looms over Merseyside with time running out on the club’s bid to replace him.
The Reds have spent big, though, luring a number of talented stars to Anfield as they look to build from their second-place Premier League finish last term, but their work isn’t quite done yet.
That work could well be done sooner rather than later, with reports emerging that a high-profile signing is lined up to replace the void left by Suarez.
BBC South American football correspondent Tim Vickery told BBC Radio 5 Live’s World Football Phone-in that a new Liverpool star will be unveiled very soon but insisted that it’s not Monaco’s Radamel Falcao, via Richard Buxton of Metro:
I don’t normally usually have many contacts with agents and the like, but I got phoned up yesterday with apparently good news for Liverpool. It’s not Falcao, but it’s a big-name player replacing a big name player at Liverpool, which would obviously be Suarez, being lined up very soon. I couldn’t find out anything more than that but I don’t think it’s Falcao. It wouldn’t be viable for them.
That news will be disappointing for Liverpool fans who hoped to see Falcao in red next term, but with Real Madrid likely sniffing around for the Colombian, the chances of that happening were always slim.
So, who exactly is the mystery man that Vickery speaks of?
Edinson Cavani is one of many possibilities after his agent confirmed that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is in for the Paris Saint-Germain striker, per David Maddock of the Daily Mirror:
There was much interest in the player during the past six months. I can confirm that Cavani has heard proposals from Liverpool and Arsenal. He would love to play in England, but has not yet made a final decision. He is not interested in money and fame, he just wants to be happy playing football.
Should he make the switch to Anfield and reap the same success as his international strike partner, then Cavani will undoubtedly be happy playing football again, but such happiness will come at a price for Liverpool.
Maddock writes that Cavani’s services will cost the Reds an astounding £53 million, while his wages won’t be leaving the club with a lot of spare change, either.
Time will tell as to whether that’s money well spent for Liverpool if Cavani makes the move, but what’s certain to be a good investment is the acquisition of Alberto Moreno from Sevilla.
Per Maddock for the Daily Mirror, the left-back will complete his move to Anfield next week, with one last piece of business with Sevilla to attend to.
Unai Emery’s side will take on Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday in Cardiff, and Metro revealed that it’ll be Moreno’s last game for the club:
Sevilla want Moreno to say his goodbyes to the club that raised him from youth level to the first team, and only then will the £14 million switch to Liverpool go through.
The 22-year-old made 29 La Liga appearances last season, per WhoScored.com, enhancing his reputation considerably in the process.
Moreno being a young star with plenty of room to progress fits Rodgers’ transfer bill perfectly, and he’ll certainly be given ample chances to impress with the Reds next year.
While it looks like a near certainty, you never know what surprises the transfer window can throw up, and Rodgers needs to ensure that the move goes through with an exciting revolution at Anfield getting underway.
How Liverpool will fair without Suarez next season is one of the biggest head-scratchers in football, and with three weeks of the transfer window remaining, that mystery is no closer to being solved.