Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Club Must Consider Real Madrid's Luis Suarez Bid
That’s according to the Telegraph, who report Brendan Rodgers as saying that the club wouldn’t be able to sufficiently replenish their striking ranks were they to sell the Uruguayan at this late stage.
It's very difficult at this time [for a Suarez bid to succeed]. We are trying to get one or two more quality players in through the door. If we lose Luis at this stage it would be difficult to replace him.
There might have been a point a few months ago where there was time to do it but with 11 days to go it would be difficult to replace him.
The Northern Irishman certainly would be justified in saying that 11 days is a short amount of time to sign a player capable of scoring 23 goals in a Premier League, just as Suarez did last term.
What’s more, the Guardian's Andy Hunter has again alleged owner John W. Henry as saying that the forward will not be sold, as he has on several occasions this summer.
However, do the Reds necessarily need to replace the player who stood out as their main goal threat in the last campaign?
A front three of Daniel Sturridge, Iago Aspas and Philippe Coutinho put on a very encouraging display in the club’s 1-0 win over Stoke City last weekend, but did appear to be losing that clinical touch in the final third.
But considering none of those three players has been playing at Anfield for longer than seven months, there’s a very good chance that the trio could form an incredibly potent partnership at the club.
Should Liverpool cash in on Suarez or keep him around?
In Sturridge and Coutinho, the club have two players who both know the pain of being shunned and are keener than ever to impress. In Aspas, it has a player who’s just come off the back of a prolific season with a small club and is now hoping to do the business on the big stage.
Given Rodgers’ comments regarding a lack of time, it’s important that Liverpool consider all their options.
Andy Carroll, a massive splurge and knee-jerk signing in January 2011, will undoubtedly go down as a failure at the club.
On the other hand, Coutinho was a more considered acquisition with just five days remaining in the January 2012 window and has already shown all the signs of a great Premier League coup.
With Real Madrid supposedly coming in for Suarez now, the Reds could stand to make a sum of £50 million from the sale, a decent chunk of which could easily be reinvested in the near future.
Stan Collymore has tweeted his feeling on the saga, saying that one way or another, he feels Suarez’s time on Merseyside is finite:
Suarez.LFC hoping beyond hope he'll stay but it's gone too far. Might be Jan window, might be last min between desperate AFC/greedy RM.— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) August 22, 2013
In Real, Rodgers has a foreign suitor that the club are unlikely to come into direct contact with for some time in a competitive environment, but have all the necessary funds to meet Liverpool’s expectations.
Considering the South American was signed for just £23 million, that’s a decent return of more than 200 percent on the former Ajax striker and it allows for substantial targets to then become available.
Should these next 11 days push Liverpool into a sale, there are bargains to be had in the market and supporters can only hope that recent history has taught the club a lesson on how not to do business.
The alternative is that the club wait and make do with what they have amongst their ranks until January, before then making a more pragmatic approach for a player—similar to how they did for Sturridge eight months ago.
Due to his FA ban, Suarez is suspended from action until the beginning of October regardless, meaning the Uruguayan will have his say in about a dozen games before the opening of the January window.
While that might sound substantial, it’s nothing the existing group at Anfield don’t have a chance of overcoming themselves; and the benefits of an immediate Suarez sale are simply too tempting.
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