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.

USMNT: Brooks out with hip strain; World Cup qualifiers loom

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John Brooks is out of Hertha Berlin’s lineup “for the time being” after scans revealed a hip strain suffered in this weekend’s win over Wolfsburg.

That’s all Hertha has said, and that makes it hard to imagine whether American fans should be a little concerned or very concerned ahead of the USMNT’s World Cup qualifiers against Mexico, and Trinidad and Tobago in early June.

Brooks was unavailable for two weeks with an adductor strain in September, missing a month before returning to the starting lineup.

The U.S. center back pool isn’t teeming after Brooks and Geoff Cameron. Matt Besler, Tim Ream, Omar Gonzalez, and Walker Zimmerman were called up for the last World Cup qualifiers, and Gonzalez struggled but is a Bruce Arena favorite from their time in L.A.

WATCH: Snazzy Sargent goal leads U.S. U-17s past Mexico

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Josh Sargent scored a pretty goal as the United States Soccer program had another banner day against Mexico.

Nearly two months to the day after the U.S. U-20 side beat Mexico for the first time in 31 years, the U.S. U-17 topped El Tri for the first time ever. That win snapped Mexico’s 25-match unbeaten streak.

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The goal is the first of Sargent’s two goals, as the 16-year-old latched onto a long diagonal ball and used his right foot and head to move the ball into position for a strong shot.

The U.S. clinches a spot in the next round of U-17 World Cup qualifying with one match remaining in group play.

Sargent is from St. Louis and plays with Scott Gallagher-Missouri. Former Philadelphia Union coach John Hackworth coaches the U.S. U-17s.

Heads of South American soccer sent $128M in bank transfers

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SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) The leaders of South America’s soccer confederation transferred $128.6 million between 2000 and 2015 to personal accounts, suspicious accounts, or unauthorized third-party accounts, according to an audit released Wednesday by Ernst & Young.

According to the audit presented to the annual CONMEBOL congress in the Chilean capital, the confederation’s former president Nicolas Leoz transferred $26.9 million to his personal accounts. Leoz was the president for 27 years until resigning in 2013 for what he said were health reasons.

The audit also found $58 million in payments “to third parties without adequate documentation,” payments of $33.3 million to “unidentified accounts,” and $10.4 million to “suspicious third-parties.”

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“We had said that we would have four pillars, and the first two pillars were clear accounts and accountability,” said Alejandro Dominguez, the president of CONMEBOL who commissioned the audit last year. “Today we are accountable to the leaders and the whole world of football.”

Leoz, 88, is one of three ex-presidents of CONMEBOL accused on corruption charges by the United States Department of Justice. He is in Paraguay fighting extradition to the United States.

The South American body has been plagued by corruption, which was exposed two years ago during the FIFA scandal. Leoz’s two successors, Eugenio Figueredo and Juan Angel Napout, were both arrested on corruption charges.

“I’m here, I’m the manager” – Moyes will not quit Sunderland

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This has been one horrible stretch for David Moyes.

The Sunderland manager probably thought he’d been through the worst once he left Real Sociedad, where he went 12-15-15.

But he’s managed just seven wins and seven draws in 38 matches in charge of the Black Cats — an 18 percent win mark. He’s also been charged for threatening to slap a female journalist.

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And after Wednesday, Moyes has lost both of his derby matches against Middlesbrough.

Sunderland is 12 points back of safety with five matches left. The odds the Black Cats are headed for the Championship are somewhere north of 99 percent, and fans are calling for his job.

Well, he isn’t quitting. From the BBC:

“No, I’m here, I’m the manager, you take it on the chin. … I’m a football supporter, I know what it’s like. You don’t like seeing your team lose.

“There is nobody who wants to win more than me. I am used to winning, I’m not used to losing and I don’t want to get used to it either.”