Liverpool Transfer News: Selling Luis Suarez in January Would Be Huge Mistake

Nicholas GossCorrespondent INovember 19, 2012

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Wigan Athletic at Anfield on November 17, 2012 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Listening to offers for star striker Luis Suarez would be a massive mistake by Liverpool, a club that cannot afford to lose their best player and only reliable goal scorer.

Per Sky Sports:

The 25-year-old has been linked with a big-money move to Manchester City with reports suggesting the Premier League champions were lining up a move for the Uruguayan in January. 

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers played down the rumours earlier on Thursday insisting his star striker was not for sale.

Later in the article:

Rodgers backed his striker and insisted: "There will be no bidding war, he's staying here. If we lose Luis then we have no strikers, so we can't afford to lose anyone."

Suarez is currently the Premier League's leading goal scorer with 10 goals, and without his timely scoring, Liverpool could be close to the relegation zone.

Since he has no desire to leave the club, there is no reason for Liverpool to allow one of their most marketable players to leave in January.

We have seen Liverpool part with star strikers in January when rich teams have been willing to pay extraordinary transfer fees (for example, Fernando Torres to Chelsea in 2011 for £50 million), but in this situation, Suarez's value to the Reds is too great for him to be sold.

Only six players have scored during league play for Liverpool this year, and the only player who has scored more than once is Suarez.

Liverpool are in 11th place in the league table, but are just five points behind rivals Everton, who are in fifth place.

There is still time for the club to pursue a Champions League berth for next season, but to ensure success in all competitions, Suarez must be the focal point of the team's attack.

As the young players in the Liverpool squad earn more Premier League experience, the team will continue to improve. They have been impressive against many of the top teams this season, so there's reason to hope for a strong second half of the year.

Suarez is the most important player on Liverpool and cannot be sold in January.