Former Liverpool FC midfielder Didi Hamann feels that the Reds are better off in the long term without Luis Suarez.
Liverpool lost a very vital, albeit controversial, man this summer in the form of Suarez this summer. He was an imperative part of Liverpool’s successful season last time out and he scored 31 Premier League goals and helped the Reds finish second in the table. While most people have rued this loss, former defender and Champions League winner with the Merseyside club Didi Hamann feels that the club is better without the Uruguayan, in the long run. Suarez is currently serving a four man footballing ban for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.
The former Germany international remains positive about Liverpool’s coming season, where they make a return to the Champions League after five years and feels that the club will not suffer much because of Suarez’s sale.
“I think Liverpool have bought well.
“I have always been very critical of Suarez’s antics. In footballing terms, he is a big loss, but somebody else will score the goals and I think, long-term, they will be better off without him than with him.
“I’d rather have the six or seven players they have now than Suarez, because at the end of the day, if you want to win things, you need people you can trust, and he can’t be trusted.
“If he does something stupid again, he could be out for years, or for good.
“Yes, he has been great, there is no doubt about it. But what could have been if he had not missed all the games he did when he was here? Maybe the team would have been in the Champions League a while ago. All he has to show from his time at Liverpool is a League Cup winner’s medal (from 2011/12). He is not leaving a team that was ruling the Premier League or Europe during that the last few years.”
Liverpool exceeded expectations by finishing second last season as they began the season as outside favorites for the Number 4 spot, but Hamann does not expect the Reds to win the league this time.
“Mentally, it could leave a scar or two because they missed a huge chance. But I think they can build on it,” he added.
“Playing in Europe and then in the league is tough, so that will be a big test they will have to pass. I don’t think they are title contenders this season – I would take another top-four finish now and qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League.”
The Reds have responded with a £100million summer spending spree with Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno set to become their eighth new signing.