Liverpool attack is better this year

Mario Balotelli alone doesn't replace Luis Suarez, but he doesn't have to

Updated: August 26, 2014, 2:33 PM ET
By Adrian Melville | ESPN Insider

AP Images/Rex FeaturesCan Mario Balotelli and the rest of Liverpool's signings replace Luis Suarez's production?

Liverpool's impending addition of Mario Balotelli adds to a busy summer of signings for the club, as the Italian star's rumored 16 million pound transfer -- on top of newly acquired attackers Rickie Lambert, Lazar Markovic and Adam Lallana -- puts the Reds on par with the biggest offseason spenders in Europe.

Of course, an infusion of attacking talent was in order after seeing leading goal scorer and assist man Luis Suarez move to Barcelona. But now that the Reds' roster appears largely set for the season, will Liverpool be able to replace Suarez and replicate the explosive attack that produced 101 goals last season (third most in Europe's top five leagues)? Given the collective talent and versatility provided by Balotelli and the other signings, all signs say yes.

Here is a look at why Balotelli & Co. are well-positioned to make Liverpool's attack even more dynamic than it was last season with Suarez.