Liverpool are about to lose close to 50 goal contributions from last season. With Takumi Minamino on the brink of leaving the club for pastures new, his 11 goal contributions from last season will add to the combined total of 38 that Liverpool have already lost from the confirmed departures of Divock Origi and Sadio Mané.
Replacing such a significant amount of goals will be a huge burden on the young shoulders of Darwin Núñez and Fábio Carvalho, who are both expected to fill the void left behind in Julian Ward’s revolution at Anfield. The two of them alone could buckle under such expectations, and while FSG will be reluctant to spend a hefty fee on another back-up attacker, it could be a smart decision to ease the load off of the club’s new arrivals.
Of course, Liverpool don’t necessarily have to splash the cash for a back-up forward. Instead, they could turn to someone who is already proven in the Premier League and who is well-seasoned at scoring goals for Liverpool.
Luis Suárez is available on a free transfer this summer after his contract at Atlético Madrid expires later this month and the 35-year-old Uruguayan is believed to be considering his options.
Playing in an extremely defensive team, Suárez still managed 16 goal contributions last season, averaging 0.62 goal contributions per 90 minutes for Atlético. Despite his veteran status, Liverpool could easily squeeze out another year or two from the Uruguayan forward, especially as a back-up striker.
The move could be beneficial for FSG in multiple ways, too. While Suárez may ask for slightly higher wages than a traditional back-up, he would be a fan favourite move that would gain the supporters’ trust. He would get fans excited about the club, helping to fill the void left behind by a fellow Liverpool legend in Mané.
At the same time, Suárez is a player who is a major admirer of his fellow compatriot and Liverpool’s new signing, Darwin Núñez, who he has spoken of highly in the past. So, who better for Núñez to learn from first-hand — when it comes to how to settle into Premier League football — than the last Uruguayan footballer who did that with ease?
At Liverpool, Suárez could teach Núñez his ways and become a father figure for the young forward while instilling the club’s culture and ethos into his veins.
Of course, given he still possesses plenty of quality, he would also maintain the competitive edge in the Liverpool attack and give Jürgen Klopp a powerful tool to use off the bench. It would be out of character for FSG, but perhaps it might just make sense.