He may not have left yet, but just in case of emergency, here are five strikers that could replace Luis Suarez at Liverpool.
Kevin Gameiro, PSG
Brendan Rodgers came very close to signing the French forward on loan in January, but for some terms with Gameiro’s club PSG he would already be a Liverpool player. Despite the knock back, Rodgers is expected to go back in for the free scoring striker in the summer, regardless if Suarez leaves. Rodgers will be hoping that both Gameiro and Suarez can link up together but Gameiro would thrive in a lone striking role with Daniel Sturridge as support. Despite losing his starting place, he has impressed when he has played for the mega rich French giants.
Roberto Soldado, Valencia
Valencia forward Roberto Soldado is another striker that has been linked with a move to the Reds in the past. Kenny Dalglish was keen on bringing the Spaniard to Anfield but was put off by the £20million asking price, that is despite paying £35million for Kop flop Andy Carroll. Soldado is a 20 goal plus a season striker. If Suarez does leave, that will free up some cash to lure the Valencia skipper to Merseyside.
Edin Dzeko, Manchester City
It may be an unlikely transfer, but imagine the goals the Bosnian striker would bag at Anfield given a starting position! He has been deployed largely as a substitute by Manchester City this season, but when he plays, like Gameiro for PSG he impresses, often with match winning displays. He is set to leave the Premier League this season, with a return to the Bundesliga probable. Liverpool could cash in and sign the rangy striker cheap, as City prepare a mass clear out.
Gary Hooper, Celtic
Celtic striker Gary Hooper is set to move to the premier league this summer, but it won’t be with a big club if reports are to be believed. Hooper is set to join Norwich City, a club who had three bids turned down for the Englishman in January. With his sensational goalscoring record he should be a shoe-in to play for the England national but because he plays in Scotland, he is unproven at the higher levels. Hooper would be the cheapest option for Brendan Rodgers, although he is the biggest risk.
Edinson Cavani, Napoli
The most unlikely of transfers, but if Liverpool want to compete at the highest levels again, they will need to splash some cash. And they would have to do just that if they want to land Cavani. A buy out clause in his contract states he will cost a minimum of £52million. But any sort of sale including Luis Suarez would cover the fee for the Napoli hitman.
So What does £52million buy you? Well, Cavani has an exceptional scoring record, coring 93 times in 121 appearances for Napoli. But Liverpool would not be the only side interested in the Uruguayan. Manchester City and Chelsea are reportedly battling it out to land the striker, but reports suggest that he has already watched Liverpool play at Anfield this season.
It would be a big loss to lose Luis Suarez, but there are plenty of candidates out there who can replace the star. How many Liverpool fans would like to see Fernando Torres return in his place?