It is the question that is on every football fans lips at the moment, how will Liverpool cope without the goals of Luis Suarez?
Everybody seems to forget even without the Uruguayan’s 31 EPL strikes last season the club still managed to find the net 70 times, which would have seen us finish third in the Leagues top scorers list. The problem of replacing Suarez is certainly not something that boss Brendan Rodgers seems to be stressing over and when you look at how the likes of Markovic, Sturridge and Sterling performed in the recent friendly against Olympiacos it is not hard to see why.
“I see it in the players that scored 70-odd goals last season. It’s very simple. Luis Suarez isn’t a Liverpool player so I don’t need to talk about or reference Luis Suarez,” said Rodgers after the 1-0 win over the Greek champions in Chicago.
“I’ve seen a difference in Daniel since he came back,” said the boss. “He has obviously got confidence from the World Cup and his season last year,” he continued.
“I think he’s ready to take on the mantle. He got 20-odd goals last season so he’s a striker of great value. Markovic will only get better and better. He showed great strength when he burst through and hopefully later on when he picks up that speed and sharpness in his game, he’ll go on and finish that.”
The one thing that opposition coaches will be looking at next season will be the amount of speed that the reds possess. They look great in possession but on the break they will be lethal. Markovic showed great flashes of his strength and determination to get in behind the defence while Sturridge held the ball up well and the likes of Henderson and Can worked their socks off to get forward and join in the attacking play.
“We’ve got good speed. Raheem Sterling is always a threat – he’s a joy to watch. I thought those three were really exciting,” said Rodgers.
The boss has really looked to develop his squad this season. I know I have given one move in particular a little stick but even the signing of Rickie Lambert could be seen as an astute piece of business. I am a true lover of having a plan b and I am sure he will be the reds by adding a physical presence up front that we didn’t have at times last season.
There are still a million rumours flying around that more faces will arrive at Anfield before the season starts, but even looking at the current squad I am happy that we can push again for that elusive EPL title.
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