The perils of embarking on a mammoth spending run with the cash wrought form the sale of your best player have never been more clearly demonstrated than by Tottenham Hotspur last season.
Spurs shelled out over £100m on seven new players after bagging a world-record fee for Gareth Bale, and promptly finished sixth under the stewardship of first Andre Villas-Boas, then Tim Sherwood.
Liverpool fans all have enjoyed watching their rivals suffer, but that glee has turned to doubt this summer as Luis Suarez’s move to Barcelona was lined up.
The Reds have no shortage of reasons to get rid of Suarez, ranging from £75m to some basic moral integrity, but given that he registered 31 goals and 12 assists in the Premier League last season, it’ll be hard to maintain their success without him.
Or will it?
Fortunately for Liverpool, Suarez was not the only prolific goal-grabber at Anfield last season, with Daniel Sturridge chalking up 21 goals in 29 games, the second-best tally in the league.
That followed up the ten goals in 14 league matches Sturridge bagged in the second half of the 2012/13 season after joining the Reds.
After 18 months of such prolificacy Sturridge has to be considered as one of the top strikers in Europe. After all, £32m Diego Costa has only been banging in goals on a consistent basis for that amount of time himself.
Another positive sign is that the England marksman has assembled his goals not in great clumps against, to take a random example, Norwich, but by bulging the onion bag in the majority of the games he played.
Sturridge found the net at least once in 19 of the 29 league matches he featured in, actually scoring in one more game than Suarez last season, even though the Uruguayan played more.
If Liverpool were bringing in a player with Sturridge’s recent record their fans would be delighted at their club’s attempts to replace Suarez. They should not overlook the quality already at the club.