Joe Hale looks at the options Liverpool could sign to replace Luis Suarez should he depart this summer.
Just to start, I do not wish Luis to leave, nor am I saying he definitely will, however as it stands it does look as he may be on his way out. I don’t think there are many strikers in the world that would be interested in coming to Liverpool and will be as good as Suarez, as he is world class. However, we will still need to sign someone to fill his boots, and these are just a few suggestions of who I think would be able to do a good job at Liverpool.
Mario Gomez – German – Bayern Munich – 27
Mario Gomez is probably my pick of who I would love to see at Liverpool. His pace may not be that of Suarez’s however he has scored 159 professional goals for VfB Stuttgart’s first and second team, and his current club Munich, not counting the further 25 he has scored for the German national side. These stats prove that he is a natural born goalscorer, and maybe with the pacey options we already have in Coutinho, Sturridge, Suso and possible Aspas and Mkhitaryan, then maybe a natural born goalscorer is something that we need bearing in mind what players he would have around him. Plus there are rumours Bayern are interested in Suarez and Gomez has been overtaken as Mandzukic as the club’s first team striker, Gomez’s time at Bayern could be numbered.
Gonzalo Higuain – Argentian – Real Madrid – 25
The 25 year old striker has been at Real since the age of 19, and has scored an impressive 107 goals in 187 games. As with Gomez he may lack pace but is a born goalscorer. Also similarly to Gomez, Higuain’s club, Real are also said to be interested in Suarez, so if he was to end up there, Higuain could definitely be an option in return, along with a certain Mr Alonso. However Higuain does look like he is set to become Arsenal’s highest ever played in a deal this summer.
Alvaro Negredo – Spanish – Sevilla – 27
Despite Spanish team mate Robert Soldado getting the nod ahead of him into the national squad, Negredo actually scored one more goal than Soldado this season, finishing with 31 goals in 42 matches, a huge accomplishment. West Ham have already had a £14.5 million bid turned away for the striker, but if Suarez was to go, then I’m sure more cash can be stumped up nearer the £20 million mark.
Carlos Tevez – Argentinian – Manchester City – 29
For me, Tevez would be a good addition to the squad, simply because he has the Premier League experience all the other players lack, having played for both United and City. His weakness may be his attitude, however he is a proven class player, and would definitely benefit Liverpool immensely. Given his age and wages, the chances of Liverpool even being interested in Tevez are extremely remote.
Other mentions would have to go to Christian Benteke of Aston Villa, however I think he would be massively over-priced, as would his Belgian strike partner Romelu Lukaku of Chelsea. As mentioned Robert Soldado of Valencia would be a great signing too, who has been picked as Spain’s first choice lone striker ahead of Fernando Torres and David Villa. On the topic of Fernando Torres, personally I would love to see him back at Liverpool, but I highly doubt he would either come back or replicate the form he once produced for us.
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