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Why Liverpool must splash the cash to replace Luis Suarez

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Over the weekend Liverpool agreed a $13 million fee with Queens Park Rangers for French forward Loic Remy.

Brendan Rodgers is continuing to spend the $128 million Liverpool received for star man Luis Suarez earlier this week, as the Reds try to prove there is life after Luiz. Frugal spending won’t get them there, though.

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Yes, Rodgers and Liverpool have plucked some gems out of the transfer market in the past, players like Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho prove that, however,with Suarez gone and Liverpool trying to replace not only his 31 Premier League goals but his influence in each and every game, they can’t do this on the cheap.

Remy is a fine player who scored 14 goals at Newcastle United last season. If he completes his move, he will join veteran Rickie Lambert who bagged 14 goals for Southampton last season as Liverpool’s two new strikers alongside Sturridge. With midfielders Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Lazar Markovic also signing on this summer, the Reds are certainly bolstering their squad ahead of the new season which will see them take in at least four competitions. There have been no defensive additions, which Rodgers should probably address, but going forward is the main focus right now.

When you look down that list of new additions: Remy, Lambert, Can, Markovic, Lallana… do any of them replace Suarez? It’s hard to see any of those mentioned making the same impact Suarez did at Anfield.

Rodgers probably doesn’t expect them to. Suarez is a one of a kind, that’s why Barcelona paid $128 million for him. Replacing him with a top-notch striker is what they need to do. Markovic, 20, is young and raw. Lallana and Lambert both shone for Southampton but have no experience of challenging for trophies. Can is unproven in England and Remy is a very good striker, but is he ‘Suarez class’? Definitely not.

With Arsenal snapping up Alexis Sanchez, who would have been a perfect fit to replace Suarez, Liverpool must aim for somebody of that caliber to come in and replicate Suarez’s success. Whether it is splashing some serious cash to bring in Marco Reus, Angel di Maria or any other attackers out there who may leave top European teams, they need to do it. The impact of losing Suarez over the summer should not be underestimated. Last summer we saw Tottenham cash in on Gareth Bale and then sign eight or nine very good players, but no ‘greats.’ Rodgers should not make the same mistake and sign quantity over quality. He is bolstering his squad for a Champions League campaign, but what if Sturridge gets injured? Where will Liverpool’s goals come from. Their total team play dazzled everyone last season, but Suarez was the key ingredient and now he’s gone.

Liverpool needs to act fast and spend big to retain their place amongst the PL title contenders.

VIDEO: Sinclair passes Mia Hamm as 2nd-highest scorer in history

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Christine Sinclair scored her first goal for Canada in 2000, and today, she scored the 159th goal of her international career.

With goal #159, Sinclair passes Mia Hamm as the second-highest scorer in international soccer history, men or women. Abby Wambach’s record of 184 goals is the all-time mark.

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Playing for Canada in the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament, Sinclair gave her country a 3-0 lead over Trinidad & Tobago to reach 159 goals. They would go on to win the match 6-0.

Sinclair, 32, will look to continue her scoring ways and lead Canada to Rio 2016, as the Canadians search for another medal after taking home bronze in 2012.

Report: Sounders’ Obafemi Martins to join Shanghai Shenhua

SEATTLE, WA - MARCH 08:  Obafemi Martins #9 of the Seattle Sounders FC warms up prior to the match against the New England Revolution at CenturyLink Field on March 8, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Obafemi Martins
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The Chinese Super League continues to buy top talent, as Obafemi Martins looks set to join Shanghai Shenhua.

According to a report from the BBC, the Seattle Sounders’ striker will leave Major League Soccer for a “multi-million dollar deal” in China.

Should this deal go through, Martins would join a list of top talents who have moved to the Chinese Super League this winter, including Chelsea’s Ramires.

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Martins has scored 43 goals in 84 appearances for Seattle since joining the club in 2013, named to the MLS Best XI in 2014 and the All-Star team in 2015.

If the 31-year-old was to leave, it would open up a potential starting spot for the USMNT’s Jordan Morris, who signed a record-breaking homegrown player contract with the Sounders last month.

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Before moving to America, Martins played throughout Europe, spending most of his career with Inter Milan and Newcastle. He has earned 41 caps for the Nigerian national team.

At Shanghai Shenhua, Martins would line-up alongside former Premier League players Tim Cahill and Demba Ba, as wells as Fredy Guarin, who joined Shenhua in January from Inter Milan.

VIDEO: Barcelona work brilliant penalty as Messi dishes to Suarez from the spot

BARCELONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 14:  Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates with his teammates Neymar (L) and Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona after scoring the opening goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Celta Vigo at Camp Nou on February 14, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Barcelona is really, really good.

With their last loss coming all the way back on October 3, Barca remained unbeaten and put on a Sunday show in La Liga action, thrashing Celta Vigo, 6-1.

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The highlight of the match came in the 81st minute when Barcelona was awarded a penalty. Lionel Messi stepped up to the spot, and did this:

The classic Cruyff penalty kick, it looks so good when it works, but is very risky and could end in disaster. Just ask Robert Pires…

The goal gave Luis Suarez a hat-trick and showed the ridiculous amount of confidence this Barcelona side has right now, as no one in the world has an answer for the Messi-Neymar-Suarez trio.

Pellegrini rues “absolutely wrong” penalty decision in City’s loss to Spurs

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14: Raheem Sterling of Manchester City protests with referee Mark Clattenburg after he awarded a penalty for his hand ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium on February 14, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Manchester City fell 2-1 to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday in a massive battle in the Premier League title race.

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While Christian Eriksen‘s late winner was the game’s deciding goal, it was Harry Kane‘s opener from the penalty spot that has caused some controversy.

Tottenham’s Danny Rose whipped in a cross that was blocked away by a jumping Raheem Sterling in the 54th minute. Sterling had his back to the ball, but the cross took a deflection off his elbow and referee Mark Clattenburg signaled for a penalty.

Speaking after the match, City boss Manuel Pellegrini was extremely angered by the decision, saying City were the better side until the penalty changed the flow of the match. Pellegrini also thought back to Tottenham’s win over Man City in September when the same official was in charge when Spurs scored two goals that looked to be offside.

It was a penalty that referee Mark Clattenburg wanted to sign for and he gave the sign. It was absolutely the wrong decision, it hit the back of Raheem Sterling then his elbow. Sterling was not even seeing the ball. It was the same referee in the first game where there were two clear goals in offside and we lost 4-1.

It was the key moment that decided the game; before that they did not shoot towards our goal and did not have any chances. We took the risks, the spirit of the team was good but it was not enough.

The rules regarding a hand-ball have been the topic of much conversation this season, as there seems to be a gray area where officials are forced to make judgement calls, with this decision very harsh.

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Now six points behind leaders Leicester, Manchester City will take a break from Premier League action and play a string of important cup ties. First up is a fifth-round FA Cup match against Chelsea before a long trip to Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League, followed by the League Cup final against Liverpool.