Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes it was the right time for the club to sell controversial striker Luis Suarez.
The Reds have agreed a club-record fee of £75m with Barcelona for the 27-year-old Uruguay international, who will have his medical ahead of signing a five-year contract next week.
Carragher played alongside Suarez for two and a half years before retiring last summer and admits that while it is a blow to lose a striker who scored 82 goals in 133 appearances, it was the end of the road for him at Anfield after he incurred a four-month ban for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup - his third lengthy suspension while a player at the club.
“Luis was the best LFC player I played with bar (Steven) Gerrard. Gutted he’s gone but was inevitable he would go to Spain one day,” Carragher wrote on Twitter.
Luis was the best Lfc player I played with bar Gerrard. Gutted he's gone but was inevitable he would go to Spain one day.— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) July 11, 2014
“It was the right time for everyone he wanted to go we got a good price considering incident at WC (World Cup).
It was the right time for everyone he wanted to go we got a good price considering incident at WC— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) July 11, 2014
“I would sign one striker as we have (Rickie) Lambert and hopefully a promising Belgian (Lille’s Divock Origi) alongside Sturridge – you need four.
I would sign one striker as we have Lambert and hopefully a promising Belgian alongside Sturridge you need 4.— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) July 11, 2014
“I like (Wilfried) Bony but with all attacking mdf’s (midfielders) looks like it will be one striker most of the time Sturridge main man, so price important.”
I like Bony but with all attacking mdf's looks like it will be one striker most of the time Sturridge main man, so price important.— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) July 11, 2014
Former Reds midfielder Dietmar Hamann was of a similar opinion.
“Glad the Suarez saga is over. Not surprised how it ended. The club will be better off without him,” he wrote on Twitter.
Glad the Suarez saga is over. Not surprised how it ended. The club will be better off without him.— Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) July 11, 2014
Ex-Liverpool captain Phil Thompson is confident his old team will cope with the loss of their world-class striker.
“A Luis Suarez in your side is always going to make your side far better,” he told Sky Sports News.
“He might have been the best player in the world the way he played last year.
“He was absolutely superb and it was wonderful to have him playing for Liverpool and to be a star.
“We made him a superstar. Suarez gave everything for the cause and certainly helped Liverpool get Champions League football.
“It’s not just about one man. It was a tremendous season and a lot of people came to the fore with a different brand of football.
“With or without Luis Suarez, I’m quite sure that will take place. It’s whether we get the goals again.
“But Liverpool Football Club has been surviving over the years. I go back to watching Roger Hunt and Ian St John and then along came Kevin Keegan and along came Kenny Dalglish and along came Ian Rush.
“You were always worrying if there’ll be someone else, but sooner or later there is a superstar.
“Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler came along and then Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez.
“There have been great players and this football club will always move on any way.
“Yes, it will be a loss without Suarez and his ability but I’m quite sure we are in good hands, as long as we spend the money right.”