Liverpool Transfer News: Latest on Brendan Rodgers' Bid to Replace Luis Suarez

Stuart Newman@@StuNewmanSportFeatured ColumnistAugust 19, 2014

AS Monaco's Radamel Falcao gives a thumbs up during the Emirates Cup soccer match between Arsenal and AS Monaco at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium in London, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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Liverpool’s second-place finish in the 2012/13 Premier League was something to be admired, but manager Brendan Rodgers now has to prove that it wasn’t a fluke.

Luis Suarez scored 31 league goals for the Reds last season, but his £75 million exit to Barcelona may well have left the club in hot water.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 05:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team' sthird goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park on May 5, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/
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However, what it’s also done is given the club the license to spend big, and with a matter of days of the summer transfer window remaining, Rodgers is set to step up his hunt for a new striker.

That’s something he told Sky Sports after watching his side dispose of Southampton in their Premier League opener, but maintained that he’s happy with the quality he already has at his disposal:

I do still think we need another striker. It is something that we will look at but that will depend on the availability of one. Sunday was about winning and we got there. So we will search for that through to the end of the window but you see the players, the quality that we have.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17: Brendan Rodgers, manager of Liverpool applauds his team during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield on August 17, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Despite the class of Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert up front, a marquee signing the calibre of Suarez is what Liverpool fans really want to see—and Radamel Falcao certainly fits that bill.

The Monaco man is said to be seeking a way out of Ligue 1 apparently not satisfied with the standard of the French top flight, and Rodgers is reportedly keen to give him the first-rate football that he craves—per Simon Rice of The Independent:

Falcao signed for Monaco this time last summer, scoring nine goals in an injury-hit campaign for the Colombian, as SoccerWay revealed.

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The fact remains, though, that the 28-year-old is a forward on top of his game, and it’s hardly a surprise to see other clubs seeking his signature.

Juventus are one of the suitors for Falcao, and La Gazzetta report, via Marca, that the Turin club are closing in on bringing the Colombian to Serie A.

However, Guillem Balague says that the only club that Falcao wants to join is Real Madrid—revealed via Bleacher Report UK:

While becoming a Galactico would appeal to any footballer, the Monaco star wouldn’t necessarily be given regular football at the Bernabeu, with Real’s already-impressive front line.

However, despite the promise of a place in the first team at Anfield, it’s likely that the Reds will miss out to Juventus on Falcao, and are better off looking elsewhere.

Standing elsewhere is Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, who, like Falcao, is also reportedly looking for a route out of Ligue 1.

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 07:  Edinson Cavani of PSG reacts to a missed chance on goal during the Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint-Germain FC and Stade Rennais FC at Parc des Princes on May 7, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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As German newspaper Bild revealed, via Ben Burrows of the Daily Mirror, Liverpool are set to launch an enquiry for the services of the Uruguayan, and remain confident that they can get their man.

However, recent developments mean that the chances of PSG letting Cavani leave are slim, with star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic ruled out for six weeks through injury—per beIN Sports:

Cavani now becomes the big fish at PSG, which is something that could have been tempting him away from the French capital in the first place.

That means that Liverpool’s swoop for Cavani may well be in vain—something that ESPN’s Jonathan Johnson agrees with:

The fact that two of the biggest names in the world game have been linked to Anfield will bring optimism to fans, but they both could slip through Rodgers’ fingers.

It’s all just a question of a top-class striker becoming available in the coming weeks that will lead the Reds into a bid, but Rodgers’ intelligent spending in the transfer window means that one may not actually be needed.


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