Rodgers: Suarez is irreplaceable


The Reds netted €88m from Suarez's move to Barcelona in July, and roped in nine players, including fellow strikers Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and teenager Divock Origi, with the latter currently on loan at Lille.

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"I wouldn't say that," Rodgers said in response to suggestions their summer transfer policy was flawed following Suarez's exit.

"There are very few players who can replace Suarez ... actually, there are no players who can replace Suarez.

"When you look at the availability of other players during the summer, it was difficult for us.

"It's no good now, I know, but we took a player in Divock Origi who we believe will be world class and we'll get him [from Lille] next summer.

"He is a top player. He has everything – the speed, the profile and he can play now – but our deal was that we couldn't bring him in now.

"That was unfortunate because he can run in behind, he can keep the ball and he can press but that was the deal.

"There were very few who are top class who were available and Mario Balotelli was a calculated gamble that we had to try to work with."