Monday, April 23, 2018

Can Brendan Rodgers spend Suarez fee wisely this summer?

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has to spend the clubs money wisely this summer to help the team progress on the pitch

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has to spend the clubs money wisely this summer to help the team progress on the pitch

With Liverpool set to complete the £75million sale of Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona, Reds fans minds must be turning to who boss Brendan Rodgers will bring in this summer with the money.


The Reds have already spent £40million on the signings of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Emre Can.

They look set to complete the £20million signing of highly-rated Serbian winger Lazar Markovic from Benfica.

The 20-year-old has reportedly had a medical at Liverpool’s training ground, ahead of completing the move.

The Reds are still believed to be in the hunt for Sevilla’s highly-rated full-back Alberto Moreno.

Swansea striker Wilfried Bony could also be set to complete a move to Anfield, as a replacement for Suarez. It will interesting to see how many of the Reds summer signing will hits next season.

Mixed Record

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has a mixed record in the transfer market since joining the Reds. The Northern Irishman enjoyed one very good January when he signed striker Daniel Sturridge and Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho.

However, he has had more failures than successes in the transfer market. One of those players considered an Anfield flop Iago Aspas has joined Sevilla on-loan for a season. The former-Valencia star struggled for game time with Sturridge and Suarez obvious first choice forwards for the Reds.

French centre-back Mamadou Sakho has enjoyed mixed fortunes, sometimes looking good and sometimes looking poor at the heart of the defence. Italian forward Fabio Borini struggled in his first season at Liverpool and was loaned out to Sunderland last season, where he enjoyed better fortunes.

This summer Rodgers will be hoping that the likes of Markovic and Can adapt to the Premier League quickly. Lambert and Lallana are already accustomed to the top-flight of course and should not have a problem settling in at Anfield.

Rodgers needs to make sure the money makes the maximum impact on his team next season. If he does not then Liverpool could struggle to make the same sort of challenge they did last season.

Cautionary Tale

Tottenham are a cautionary tale of when money is spent badly. When Spurs sold Gareth Bale for £85million to Real Madrid last summer they were expected to heavily strengthen and put in a real challenge for fourth place.

However, many of their summer signings struggled to adapt to the Premier League and boss Andre Villas-Boas failed to last even half the season. The likes of Roberto Soldado, Erik Lamela and Paulinho arrived with big price tags, but failed to deliver on the pitch.

Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen was the only summer signing who really shone that bright for the men from north London last season. Spurs finished sixth in the Premier League table and now have a new manager in charge in Argentinian Mauricio Pochettino.

Liverpool cannot afford to make the same mistakes that Spurs did last summer, or they could return to the days of struggling to challenge for the top four places, never mind the Premier League title.

That should not happen as Reds boss Brendan Rodgers seems like an intelligent boss and looks to be at Liverpool for the long haul.


It would be impossible for Liverpool to replace Luis Suarez like-for-like, because he is a player with unique talents, so the Reds need to build a strong team unit to make up for the loss of their star player.

Germany proved at the World Cup that a team of very good individuals can be better than one superstar and Liverpool need to build a similar sort of team ethos.


The impending sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona has raised doubts over the Reds ability to challenge for the Premier League title next season. Rodgers side have drifted out to odds of 9/1 to claim the title next season.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has a lot of work to do in the transfer market before the season starts and it is vital that he brings in the right players, so that the Reds can continue to move forward next season.

Can Brendan Rodgers spend Suarez fee wisely this summer?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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Suarez should remain at Liverpool as a punishment. He should not benefit from this transfer window.

He did did it thrice, what is the chance for forth act? Very possible as he does not have respect toward other professional players and the soccer supporters alike.

Tim Hine

Suarez is a very talented footballer but is a complete moron. This THIRD biting deserves a life ban from any public football.

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