Liverpool owner John W. Henry believes the time was right to part ways with Luis Suarez after the Uruguayan’s £75m switch to Barcelona.
The former Ajax striker moved to La Liga despite receiving a four-month ban from all football activities from Fifa after appearing to bite Italian Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup in Brazil.
The Reds, with increased financial muscle after offloading the 27-year-old, have since secured the services of Adam Lallana, Emre Can, Lazar Markovic and Rickie Lambert while Loic Remy’s £8.5m move from Queens Park Rangers is pending a medical.
“It was time for Luis and time for the club to make a break,” Henry said.
“He brought so much to the club but we brought a lot to Luis. I thought we needed more depth; last year we needed more depth, and we’re playing a lot more games this year with the Champions League. I think you will still see a very explosive Liverpool offense.”
The 64-year-old was speaking at Fenway Park, the home of his Boston Red Sox baseball franchise, and watched on as Brendan Rodgers’ side fell to a 1-0 pre-season defeat to Seria A side Roma.
Top 10 most expensive players ever
Top 10 most expensive players ever
1/10 Gareth Bale - £86million
Tottenham to Real Madrid (2013) - Bale became the world's most expensive player ever when he made the switch from Spurs to Spain.
2/10 Cristiano Ronaldo - £80m
Manchester United to Real Madrid (2009) - Ronaldo smashed the record transfer fee when he left Old Trafford.
3/10 Luis Suarez - £75m
Liverpool to Barcelona (2014) - The Reds cut ties with Suarez after the 2014 World Cup making a £50m profit.
4/10 Neymar - £71.5m
Santos to Barcelona (2013) - The Brazilian finally completed his long awaited move to Europe after a complex deal.
5/10 James Rodriguez - £63m
Monaco to Real Madrid (2014) - After a superb World Cup showing, the Colombian became Real's latest big money signing.
6/10 Zlatan Ibrahimovic - £59m
Inter Milan to Barcelona (2009) - The Swed only spent two seasons at the Nou Camp despite his mammoth price-tag.
7/10 Kaka - £56m
AC Milan to Real Madrid (2009) - The Brazilian joined in the same summer as Ronaldo but failed to make a real impact at the Bernabeu.
8/10 Edinson Cavani - £55m
Napoli to PSG (2013) - The Uruguayan's deal made him the most expensive player ever purchased by a French team.
9/10 Zinedine Zidane - £53m
Juventus to Real Madrid (2001) - Became the world's most expensive player when he moved to the Bernabeu and more than paid it back, particularly with his spectacular goal in the 2002 Champions League final against Bayer Leverkusen.
10/10 Radamel Falcao - £51m
Atletico Madrid to Monaco (2013) - The newly funded Monaco signalled their intent by signing the Colombian.
Marco Borriello, who spent the tail end of last season on loan at West Ham United, scored the only goal of the game in front of a large American crowd.
Reports yesterday suggested that last season's Premier League runners-up were ready to push ahead with moves for Marco Reus and Dejan Lovren while Rodgers is also said to have rekindled his long-term interest in Chelsea full-back Ryan Bertrand.
Discussing Lallana, who cost Liverpool £23.6m, the former Swansea City manager was confidant he has spent wisely.
"For British players across the board there is always that premium and the value is always pushed up," he said this week.
"We paid what we thought he was worth and would not go higher.
"Listen, I spoke to enough people about him and have seen enough of him, and know enough people who had seen him and played with him to know he would be a great signing for us. I have no qualms about it. He is a great boy."Reuse content