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Life without Luis Suarez has begun for Liverpool and their fans around the world.

The prospect of seeing the Uruguayan without a Liver bird on his chest was and maybe still is a devastating idea for most.

Liverpool: Rebuilding around a team and for the futureThere may be a lack of nutmegs, a lack of high calibre goals, a lack of mazy runs, a lack of protesting, a lack of diving, a lack of that goal-scoring prowess, but FSG, Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool FC have invested well.

John W. HenryWith the sale of Suarez and a few other departures, plus some money from owner John W. Henry, all areas of the team have improved and instead of being a team playing around a player it seems as if Liverpool will be a team rebuilt around a team.

Rodgers will be able to instill more of his ideology and tactical approach with a team full of players that he wants and needs. It will take some time, changing of tactics and gelling of new players thus fans will have to be patient.

The rise of Raheem Sterling (still only 19 years old), a steadier defence with the arrival of a right back, a center back and a left back, a midfield with the experience in Gerrard and youthful additions helping Henderson, new wingers and Sturridge alongside Balotelli up front, who can both score at least 20 goals a season and will be taking the role of goal-scoring machines with Suarez gone, make Liverpool a team with a solid backbone and strong second line of players that can fit in easily. The defensive frailties from last season need to dissipate, and fast.

Liverpool - Champions League Group BThe Anfield team are back in Europe to every fan’s delight and have won the all-so-important first match against Ludogorets 2-1 at Anfield. The Premier league was a few points adrift in 2013/14 and there is silverware in the form of the Capital One Cup and the F.A. Cup.

Four fronts, four pieces of silverware possible, squad depth needed, and this is exactly what FSG, Ian Ayre and Rodgers have started putting together. Whether Suarez’s departure was a good or bad move only time will tell. Stats have shown us that Liverpool won more points without Suarez than with him last season (percentage-wise), let’s hope that those stats stay the same.

Liverpool’s new summer signings

Liverpool Summer signingsNearly a complete starting XI of new signings (with the possibility of a 10th player, goalkeeper Victor Valdes, arriving soon on a free transfer), have arrived in the Summer, adding quality, depth and future to Liverpool’s current squad.

Players have gone on loan: Teixeira, Wisdom, Ibe, Alberto, Aspas, Ilori, Coates, Assaidi, Smith, Páez. Players have left on permanent deals: Suarez, Reina, Coady, Kelly, Peterson, Robinson, Agger, Adorjan and Liverpool received a total of £83 million. Players have come in: Stewart (youth team), Lambert, Can, Lallana, Markovic, Lovren, Origi, Manquillo, Moreno, Balotelli and the Reds spent a total of £117 million.

For owners who have a strict spending policy and are also defining the future of one of the most important football teams in the world, only letting 34million out of your pocket must feel great. They are defining their own way of managing a football team, similar to the infamous “Moneyball” idea. Buying players with specific traits, who are young, who are not too expensive, who can fit into a specific role and who may then be sold for much more, if necessary, in the future.

This may be a risky way of doing business especially when you have the power to affect so many people and fans in the world, however they have done well up to now and their promises (unlike the Americans Hicks and Gillett, who came before John W.Henry) have been kept. The redevelopment of Anfield is another key aspect for the successful future of Liverpool.

What the proposed stadium should look like in 2017

What the proposed stadium should look like in 2017

Week in and week out the stadium is jam-packed. 45000 passionate fans flock to Anfield every week to watch the team win, lose or draw, no matter what. Redeveloping Anfield into a stadium for 58800 people would bring in a lot more revenue and would allow the stadium facilities to be top-notch, attracting more and more followers from around the globe. Anfield currently lies 7th in capacity of football stadiums in England, by 2017 it will have moved up to 4th, behind Wembley Stadium (90000), Manchester United’s Old Trafford (75700) and Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium (60300).

Having squad depth is essential for a team that has to play on 4 fronts: the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and Capital One Cup. Hopefully Rodgers will deploy some young talents coming through the ranks for them to get experience playing top level football.

Here are 4 teams possibilities for each of these fronts:

Liverpool lineups for Premier League and Champions League 2014-15

Liverpool lineups for Premier League and Champions League 2014-15

Having good squad-depth would be key to Liverpool’s performance on all fronts. And a return to the Champions League requires it. With the multitude of options at his disposal, Rodgers could rotate the squad well enough so as to not rest the first team squad properly, especially ahead of crucial matches.

Liverpool lineups for FA Cup and Capital One Cup 2014-15

Liverpool lineups for FA Cup and Capital One Cup 2014-15

The Liverpool team and squad has grown well, new players have adapted and are adapting to a style imposed by a young, fresh manager, who feels the Anfield way of life. Rodgers has the ability to make this squad tick, to make this squad show passion, to bring home the silverware. The lineups have altered and styles of play have changed but the spirit and idea is there, foundations are set, I hope we are in for a great run like last season, and why not even better?

Originally published at crazyaboutepl.com

Post written by James Hillyard, Blog: sportisms.blogspot.co.uk, Twitter: @gasometre
for Crazy About EPL, Blog: Crazy About EPL, Twitter: @CrazyAboutEPL

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