Why Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez Would Thrive Leading Liverpool's Attack
While Liverpool will likely focus much of their summer expenditure on defensive reinforcements ahead of the 2013-14 season, there remains plenty speculation that Brendan Rodgers wants to add another quality attacker to his squad too.
One name that frequently pops up in talks about a move to Anfield is that of Napoli and Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, with the last mentions of him moving to Liverpool coming just prior to the recent January transfer window (via Express).
While there is no particular indication that Cavani is high on Liverpool's wanted list for this summer, and similarly that Cavani wants to move to the Reds, it remains an intriguing proposition for fans and perhaps management to consider.
Here are five reasons why Cavani and Luis Suarez might form a potent front line for Liverpool.
Familiarity, Communication, Club and Country
The two already have an understanding, if not a particularly long-term and worked-on one, from playing alongside each other for the Uruguayan national team.
Suarez and Cavani have not always been first choice to start in the attack alongside each other, with Diego Forlan still on the scene, but the likelihood of them getting a good start at Anfield is at least improved by the fact they have prior knowledge of each other's game.
The communication would, of course, not be a barrier between the two, while seemingly—according to Mirror Football—they are close on and off the pitch too, with the article labelling Cavani "a close friend and confidante of Suarez."
Mix of Styles That Can Benefit from Reds' Approach
Suarez brings magic and unpredictability to Liverpool's front line; dribbling ability, acceleration, hard work and a fierce desire to win.
Cavani would bring a physical threat, good close control and a very direct preference for getting close to goal and trying find the back of the net with his fierce shots. He is also strong in the air, which Liverpool do not have in the front line at present.
Together they appear to be a fine combination and mix of styles, which, judging by the Reds' recent slightly-more-direct approach to attacking, would yield plenty of chances in the final third of the pitch.
The longer passes from Steven Gerrard and Jose Enrique—diagonal, flat and searching for Suarez's run beyond the defence—would suddenly have another target to aim for, while Suarez's runs into the channels and deeper positions would give space to the taller forward to operate in.
Versatility from Both
Let's not ignore the rest of Liverpool's attack.
Daniel Sturridge has already proved to be a fine signing and will surely be even better next season, after a spell acclimatising himself to his new environment and getting a good preseason behind him.
Between Sturridge, Cavani and Suarez, Liverpool would have a very much top-four attack at their disposal, with all offering unique skill sets. Not only that, but the three are adaptable and versatile enough to—in theory, at least—play in any combination.
That might just include playing all three together, though it would rely on an extremely strong and solid midfield behind them.
Cavani has certainly proved he can play in the wider areas, even though his biggest goal threat comes from playing centrally, while Sturridge (right) and Suarez (left) can also be hugely influential with their off-the-ball movement.
Rapport with Supporters
There are few current Reds who enjoy a bond with the supporters with the strength that Luis Suarez does. The forward is well aware of the feeling toward him thanks to constant songs, shirts, scarves and masks that adorn Anfield on a matchday, following various suspensions and on-field issues that have followed him since arriving from Ajax.
Should Cavani also join the club and be a success, you can only imagine the number of Uruguay flags that might quickly take over the Kop.
It's not impossible to imagine that half, if not more of the goals Liverpool score during the course of a season might come from a Uruguayan, and the Kop would love the link-up between the two, and the fact that they have the front line of an entire successful, and historical, footballing nation.
Goals Make for Happy Forwards
What else would make Suarez and Cavani thrive?
Scoring goals, of course.
As forwards, both would be at their happiest if they were playing in a successful team and were scoring goals. Given that the duo have managed 60 goals between them this season in all competitions at club level, goals are practically guaranteed.
It might not happen this summer, but if Cavani opts not to leave Napoli this close-season, and the Reds make their way back into the Champions League spots, it is still a striker pairing that Anfield could witness in the future.