After a £75 million transfer sending forward Luis Suarez to FC Barcelona, Liverpool FC was left without a second forward. How will Liverpool FC replace a 31-goal scorer in Suarez? Well, Daniel Sturridge carried a bulk of the load as well with 21 goals last season in the English Premier League, so maybe replacing the forward spot should not be manager Brendan Rodgers’ main objective.
Already, Liverpool FC have signed Rickie Lambert to start aside Sturridge. Rodgers deployed a 4-3-3 formation last year, but may have to adjust due to the loss of Suarez. The change will allow the midfield to be the main focus with a possible 4-4-2, which will allow young superstar Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson to excel.
Liverpool FC have been active in signing many other forwards. First, the move for Loic Remy fell through after a failed physical. Wilfried Bony is also on the table and could be chased, and news came in on Wednesday regarding Ezequiel Lavezzi‘s possible move after the leak of some inappropriate pictures.
In my opinion, Rodgers should not be looking to bolster an attack. If Liverpool FC can get 10 goals out of Lambert and a heap of goals spread out through the midfield, they will be just fine.
The concern comes with the defense. Last season’s second-place finish and collapse was due in part to a faulty defense. Glen Johnson, Martin Kelly, Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel started most of last season, but the unit could face a makeover with new signings coming into Anfield.
Liverpool brought in Dejan Lovren and has plenty of backup defenders who can come in and take the place last season’s starters. One defender in particular is Mamadou Sakho, the 24-year-old Frenchman who can come in and make an immediate impact due to his size, strength and quickness to the ball.
The defense is the main concern in Anfield, and if Rodgers wants to win the league, he will have to look to improve the backline and possibly deem Johnson or Agger expendable.