Brendan Rodgers has a massive summer coming up and not just because he needs to work out how to hang onto Luis Suarez.
He has a fine balance to strike between retaining one of his best defenders and going after an on loan Barcelona star, with bags of potential seemingly perfect for his style of football at Liverpool.
Isaac Cuenca has been playing in the Eredivisie with Ajax where he’s had a limited impact, which has led him to urge Barcelona in to sending him out on loan for another season to enhance his experience.
There is no reason Liverpool can’t try and make sure that club is them, which gives them another option up front and also down the right wing of the side.
However, they are at a disadvantage because it’s a move which may not happen if they don’t agree to sell Daniel Agger to Barcelona in a fair deal, with the Spanish giants reportedly very interested in the Liverpool man.
It’s a deal that Liverpool could, and probably should, reject out of hand because they are already losing one big defender this summer through the retirement of veteran Jamie Carragher.
If they take a firm stance in relation to Agger then they could lose out on one of the most talented youngsters to come out of Barcelona in the current generation of stars at the Nou Camp.
It’s a massive gamble to take because even then there is no guarantee they would get Cuenca in a loan deal or on a long contract.
He’s already said that he is happy to stay with Ajax for another season before returning to Barcelona to try and agree a longer deal with the Spanish club and to try and break into the first team.
Rodgers would look extremely foolish if he flogged Agger, regardless of the fee, and was then not able to secure any favours in return from Barcelona in the shape of a player like Cuenca who could add to the first team.
It may seem like a huge gamble to a lot of fans for a player who isn’t really proven in European football, but you have to take into context the pressure on the Liverpool attack which has been created by Luis Suarez’s suspension.
If Liverpool sell any of their best first team players this summer, they need to try and get someone coming in the other way in the same deal or they could suffer an equally devastating start they endured at the start of this campaign.
Is it worth selling Agger to get Cuenca?
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