Juventus have made a simple formation change which could be perfect for Liverpool front man Luis Suarez.
Juventus changed their formation for the Serie A match with Lazio last night to a 3-5-1-1 style which could be a perfect system for Luis Suarez, if they managed to sign him.
Suarez has been heavily linked with a move to the Italian team after admitting recently that he would consider a move away from Anfield if Champions League football was on the table.
He has always been a striker who thrives on being the main man in the attack of any side. He showed this during his time at Ajax and he enjoys undoubted authority in the attack of the current Liverpool team.
Juventus have not entirely wrapped up the Serie A title just yet but they do have an 11 point gap over Napoli in second place so it’s not beyond all possibility that Antonio Conte is already thinking ahead to next season.
If Suarez does move to Juventus this summer, he will want to go to a team where he plays a similar attacking role to the one he currently enjoys at Liverpool.
Juventus normally played with two out and out front man at the top of their attack, which makes it intriguing as to why Conte would switch to a system which seems to favour one attacking player over another.
It’s certainly a system which plays to Suarez’s natural attacking tendencies in the respect that he likes to receive the ball as quickly as possible and likes to turn at a defence, with teammates running beyond him.
It worked because Juventus won the match away at Lazio 2-0, which suggests Conte may even persist with a 3-5-1-1 formation for the rest of the season as his team looks to wrap up the title race.
If Liverpool are forced to sell him then Juventus seem to be in a very good position to offer a massive fee and offer him the sort of egotistical role, which will appeal to Suarez’s character.
There are plenty of other possible moves on the table for Suarez such as Paris Saint-Germain or one of the big teams in Germany and Spain, but he would not benefit in terms of being the main attacking star in each team.
Liverpool fans can draw encouragement from the fact that manager Brendan Rodgers and several of Suarez’s teammates have all said they don’t expect him to leave this summer, but expect him to stay at Liverpool to help turn them into a top four team.
Liverpool do look as though they will head into next season with some form of European football but that bad start to the season and the inconsistency the team showed, seems to have stopped them from making a final push to get into the top four.
If Suarez is going to be on the move this summer then Juventus already seem to be working with a formation which would suit him greatly and if a bid becomes an official reality, it could quickly becomes very difficult for the Uruguayan to turn down the chance to play in Italy and Europe for one of the continent’s most historic teams.
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