When Liverpool sold Luis Suarez to Barcelona in 2014 they lost a lot of fire power. Since then, they’ve been trying to plug the gap.
With the money from the sale, Brendan Rodgers went about trying to get some new players into the club, and rather than actually trying to replace their departing world class star, Liverpool tried to use the money to piece together a new and exciting team.
Needless to say it didn’t work. Christian Benteke, Danny Ings and even Daniel Sturridge have failed to fill Suarez’s shoes – though it is an almost impossible task. After all, who gives you the flair and creativity, the movement and penetration, the finishing ability and the work rate of the Uruguayan international?
The answer to that is probably no one player alone other than the man himself. But maybe if you put together Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino you might come close.
Liverpool’s current front three combined seem to exhibit all of those qualities, and coupled with the extra work rate and solidity of the midfield behind them, you start to get the impression that for the first time since Suarez left the side, Liverpool no longer miss him.
The tragedy, really, is that Suarez is so perfect for what Klopp is trying to do at Liverpool.
FanDuel stats show that Liverpool’s front three is starting come into its own this season under the manager, who has now had over a year to put his ideas into place. That front three is creating lots of chances and linking up perfectly, though it’s the work rate of Firmino up front that makes them such a threat – teams don’t get enough time on the ball, especially at the back, to be able to launch attacks properly. Everything becomes rushed and, crucially, more easily defended.
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The only downside to that front three – the only area where they don’t match Suarez – is in the goals department. The Uruguayan is playing in a side who score tonnes, of course, but the thing Jurgen Klopp lacks is a natural goalscorer. He is currently playing with a winger, a number ten and a feisty attacking midfielder in the front three roles – but they are scoring goals as a team, and the fact that the goals are being shared around is probably an exciting thought for Klopp.
The stats, though, have started to show that Liverpool don’t need Suarez any more. The new front three has finally replaced him, and it epitomises Klopp’s philosophy,: he’s replaced the individual with a collective. You can see that in the Suarez example, but also in the Daniel Sturridge situation. And it’s paying dividends so far.
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