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Are Liverpool taking a step backwards in the transfer window?

226 minutes away from winning the 2013-14 Premier League title and ending a 24-year doubt without the top flight league title. An error from Steven Gerrard sets up a home loss to Chelsea and Manchester City go on to win the Premier League from there.

 

Liverpool were the odds-on favourites with Betfair to win the Premier League title with three games to go last season, needing seven points to secure it. They ended up finishing two points behind the eventual champions, Manchester City.

 

With four weeks to go until the 2014-15 Premier League season kicks off, Liverpool are a massive 11.0 to win the Premier League. They are even odds-against to finish in the top four.

 

Is this the definition of a one-man team? Has the sale of Luis Suárez really been that much of a blow to Liverpool? Was he that good? The answer is probably 'yes'.

 

31 goals in 33 game from one player is near-impossible to replace in the Premier League, especially when you're not the biggest pulling power in England. Manchester City and Chelsea have the money, Manchester United have the name and Arsenal even managed to take Alexis Sánchez from out of Liverpool's hands.

 

The Chilean forward, along with Mathieu Debuchy has boosted Arsenal's squad this summer as they continue to search the market. They will also start next season with three World Cup winners on their books.

 

Defending champions Manchester City have signed a new goalkeeper in Willy Caballero, a new right-back in Bacary Sagna and a midfielder in Fernando. They've not list anyone significant either.

 

Chelsea have brought in Cesc Fàbregas, Diego Costa and Filipe Luís to arguably upgrade their squad the most this summer. José Mourinho has cleared out a few players he didn't want going into the new season too.

 

There's a new air of optimism at Old Trafford following the appointment of Louis van Gaal and the number of stars Manchester United are being linked to. They have already signed Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera this summer.

 

Liverpool's new signings have not been so highly thought of. Adam Lallana is another midfielder in a squad already full of talented midfielders. Rickie Lambert is not a UEFA Champions League calibre striker, albeit one not expected to start for Liverpool. Emre Can is not so well known in England. Lazar Marković has at least added some excitement around Anfield.

 

These four signings though, have they improved the squad to get back to the level they were at with Luis Suárez? And can the Reds replace the Uruguayan's 31 goals this season?