'No rush to replace Suarez'

LONDON - Brendan Rodgers is prepared to wait until the final days of the transfer window to sign a replacement for Luis Suárez but believes Liverpool are better equipped for this season regardless of if another striker arrives.

Liverpool have made inquiries for Radamel Falcao, Edinson Cavani and Samuel Eto’o, among others, since the collapse of Loïc Rémy’s proposed move from Queens Park Rangers but will start the Premier League campaign with only Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert as their front-line strikers. Fabio Borini is surplus to requirements.

The Anfield club have found it problematic to land a striker of the calibre that Rodgers wants with Falcao, for example, prepared to leave Monaco only for Real Madrid, even though the European champions have not made an official approach for the Colombia international.

The Liverpool manager, however, expects the market to open up as the transfer deadline nears and will bide his time for the right option.

“We certainly need something that is going to help us over the coming season,” said Rodgers, who expects the Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno to be Liverpool’s penultimate signing of the summer.

“You just never know what happens with a few weeks to go in the window. That last week, of the window will always throw up something. We will just persevere, and the boys are working hard behind the scenes to see what information we can get on the availability of players and we will take it from there.

“We haven’t brought in another striker so far apart from Rickie Lambert. The money is there but there has been no panic buying. We needed to improve the squad whether Luis was still here or not. We will look to improve at the top end of the field until the very end of the window. If not, that means the right player hasn’t been available. I’d be happy to go into the season with the squad we’ve got.”

Rodgers expects this summer will prove to be Liverpool’s “biggest window for the next few years”, with only world class fine-tuning envisaged in future windows. And he believes last season’s runners-up are in better shape for the coming campaign despite the loss of Suárez to Barcelona.

The Liverpool manager added: “I believe we are [better prepared]. We haven’t just brought in a ton of players without thought. These are players who will be integrated into the squad, at 22, 20, and 19 years of age, who can play now and can also be here for the future. The aim is to ensure this club is sustainable and that means on and off the field. This year we are better equipped because of the depth of the squad. I see it in the training. Young players give energy to senior players and give that enthusiasm. I can see from training that they have given some of the older players that nudge as well.” – The Guardian


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