Speculation continues over Luis Suarez’s future at Liverpool with Arsenal trying to lure him away from Anfield. Should the Uruguayan depart this summer, it would leave a gaping hole that would need to be filled. Suarez was instrumental for Liverpool last season; netting 23 league goals and assisting a further eight.
Below are a few possible strikers who could fill the void left by the 26 year old:
Market Value: £12.5m
Luis Muriel could be the perfect replacement for Suarez after his breakthrough season with Udinese. Having been farmed out on loan to Granada where he bagged no goals in seven games, he impressed on a temporary spell with Lecce scoring seven goals.
Upon his return to Udinese, he scored 12 goals in 22 appearances and has been compared to legendary Brazilian striker Ronaldo. Muriel possesses explosive power and pace with great dribbling ability. Should Liverpool swoop for the
22 year old, it could seriously pay off.
Club: FC Porto
Market Value: £22m
Porto’s Jackson Martinez was named one of the signings of the season last campaign with a stunning 34 goals in 39 appearances in Portugal. A natural born finisher has all the qualities to succeed at Anfield should he be willing to switch from Porto.
Porto would demand a big transfer fee for their star striker who is happy to stay at the Estadio de Dragao. Napoli and Tottenham are also interested in the Colombian but signing Martinez could be the ideal solution for Liverpool.
Club: Queens Park Rangers
Market Value: £8.8m
Loic Remy is a number of names who QPR will offload this
summer following their relegation to the Championship. Bought in January from Marseille for around £8 million, Remy impressed during his short spell in England.
Although he couldn’t save the R’s from the drop, he earned plenty of admirers with Newcastle, Arsenal and Tottenham keeping tabs on the French international.
Liverpool have also shown an interest in the striker, who has a reported £5m release clause in his contract, to partner Daniel Sturridge in attack. Five goals in 12 Premier League appearances doesn’t sound too great but when considering Harry Redknapp’s side inability to create chances, he could thrive with better players around him.
He has Champions League experience and is a French international scoring four goals in his 18 caps for the national side. If he can recover the form he picked up last season, Remy could be a real bargain for the Reds, adding raw pace, world-class technique and an eye for goal to the squad.
Market Value: £16m
Liverpool have been linked with a move for Burak Yilmaz after a sensational season from the Turk saw him net 24 goals in 30 league games as well as 8 in 9 during Galatasaray’s Champions League campaign.
Signing Yilmaz would be an astute signing and although he is 28, is a proven finisher. Adding Yilmaz to the group of Iago Aspas, Daniel Sturridge and Fabio Borini leaves Liverpool with a solid strike force and some flexibility with Rodgers’ tendency to operate in a forward three.
Liverpool can’t replace Suarez just as Arsenal cannot replace Robin Van Persie. Such influence from a player is almost impossible to replicate but Suarez departing Anfield could make the Reds a less Suarez centred side and more balanced.
Signing any of the above strikers if Suarez does leave, would be a step in the right direction.
By Marcus Banks @MarcusBanks7