The mood around Anfield may be bleak at present with prize asset Luis Suarez openly expressing his desire to join Spanish giants Real Madrid this summer in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais (via Sky Sports).
However, all is not lost as bringing in-demand Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke to Merseyside next season will actually give the Reds’ attack an extra dimension that could ultimately propel the club into the UEFA Champions League next year.
Despite their very public protestations that their Uruguay international will still be at Liverpool for the start of the 2013-14 campaign, privately Reds head coach Brendan Rodgers and the club’s American owners, the Fenway Sports Group, have already accepted that Suarez can depart Anfield this summer if los Blancos meet their £40 million valuation of the forward.
And in turn, the Northern Irishman has been assured by Liverpool owner John W Henry that he can then invest the proceeds from the Uruguayan’s big-money transfer to the Spanish capital in strengthening the Reds’ attack next season.
All of which means identifying an attacker with the right characteristics to be able to replace Suarez up front at Anfield, and that player is Villa’s coveted Belgium international.