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Rodgers is still on hunt for striker to fill Suarez's boots

By Staff Reporter

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists his side have not lost their fear factor following the departure of striker Luis Suarez – but he is still looking for a top-class replacement.

The Uruguay international scored 31 league goals last season as the Reds ran Manchester City a close second in the Barclays Premier League.

However the controversial 27-year-old left for Barcelona in a £75million deal earlier in the summer.

Without Suarez there is an assumption Liverpool will not be as effective but Rodgers does not think that will be true.

"The game is all about opinion and every team is forensically looked at in terms of what they will produce or not," Rodgers said.

"Luis was a world-class talent but we scored 101 goals last year and 70 of those came from other parts of the team.

"Every big team will lose a top player at some point but no-one is bigger than the club.

"If the fear factor is taken out of us that will be seen over the course of the season, but for us there is no change."

Liverpool beat Borussia Dortmund 4-0 in a friendly last weekend, a result that gave Rodgers plenty of cheer.

"You saw against Dortmund we have goals in the team," Rodgers said.

"We had evidence of that last season as well and over the two years I've been here when Luis hasn't played we have won most of our games.

"We had nearly a 70 per cent win rate in the Premier League last year which is a fantastic achievement and we hope to continue that."

Despite Rodgers' assertion that he has enough firepower left in the team, he is still actively trying to bring in another centre-forward before the window closes.

"We needed to improve the squad in the various areas of the team and that is what we have done," he added.

"We haven't brought in another striker other than Rickie Lambert but we aim to do that.

"It is not as if there is any panic buying – the money is there.

Liverpool are still waiting to confirm the signing of Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno for £12million. He will not be available for tomorrow's opening match at home to Southampton.

"We are nearly done. We have one or two more things to complete," said the Reds boss.

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