It may be the biggest question mark in the Premier League as the season kicks off. Can Liverpool retain its top 4 spot after losing its--and the league's--best player? Yes, Luis Suarez is off to siesta and seafood in colorful Barcelona--and Liverpool is left to see what they're made of without their star. Sure this Liverpool squad is deeper going into the season, with 8 (or is it 9?) new signings, but will they need time to come together as a team? Is there enough time might be a better question.
And speaking of those signings, another big question is will Mario Balotelli disrupt the team chemistry? Or lead it? Is he worth the risk? Certainly a conundrum. Balotelli's talent is off the charts--and he's a bargain at $26.5 million (16 mill pounds), but then why is a player of his talent selling for $26.5 in his prime--at age 24? Is there something Liverpool doesn't know or willfully didn't want to know? Balotelli's transfer fees have actually steadily declined since Man City paid Inter Milan $40 mill in 2010. Even manager Brendan Rodgers admits: "Of course it is a risk, we are not going to say it isn’t, but he is a big talent." Big as Suarez?
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