After Luis Suarez’ sale to Barcelona, Liverpool made approaches for Karim Benzema, Edinson Cavani, and Radamel Falcao. Although, it’s not as bold as you’d expect.
Liverpool sold Luis Suarez, one of the most talented footballers to ever play for the club, to Barcelona in 2014. The deal saw Liverpool more than halve the potent attack that saw the Reds terrorise defences across the country back in the 2013/14 Premier League season.
SAS – Suarez and Sturridge. The two strikers, bolstered by Sterling and Coutinho, scored over 50 goals together in a season which saw Liverpool go closer to winning the Premier League than ever before.
With Suarez’ departure and Sturridge’s injury hassles, Liverpool lacked firepower. According to the Liverpool Echo, before signing the ticking time bomb that was Mario Balotelli, enquiries were made for Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, PSG’s Edinson Cavani and Monaco’s Radamel Falcao.
This was only after a move for Loic Remy fell through due to medical grounds. I can’t be the only one who thinks that a medically impeached Remy would’ve been preferable to Balotelli. Interest was shown in Wilfried Bony but his wages were too high for Liverpool.
Alexis Sanchez rejected Liverpool in that same summer. The Chilean could’ve been part of a player-plus-cash deal when Suarez went to Barcelona, but the now Arsenal man snubbed the Merseysiders.
Liverpool’s approaches to Real Madrid, PSG and Monaco were desperate and lacking real intent due to the lack of a coherent plan. There was no real successor to Suarez. The club failed to identify a player who could replace him, and since then Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Christian Benteke have all played up top for Liverpool.