Brendan Rodgers has made it clear he’s after another attacking signing before the start of the season following Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s decision to go to Borussia Dortmund and all of the reports suggested Xherdan Shaqiri was to be that man.
However, according to Bayern’s chairman, the winger is not for sale so Liverpool have to try and work the situation to their advantage.
It will almost become a battle of wills but Liverpool are in a position of power if they are forced to sell Suarez because several other sides are interested in snapping him up.
The ideal remains to keep Suarez and also to be able to buy Shaqiri but Bayern have made their position on the winger clear and Suarez’s agent has encouraged interested parties to start making bids of around the £40 million mark for him.
Liverpool could do a lot with that cash but it would be much more useful for Rodgers if he could take care of one problem in the process of getting rid of a striker who isn’t fully committed to the Liverpool cause.
The fact they can use Suarez in a swap deal for Shaqiri also eradicates the chance of any bidding war breaking out against other sides interested in the Bayern winger.
If that happened, Liverpool may not be able to match the financial strength of other sides taking a liking to Shaqiri, which may result in them missing out on the player altogether.
The Swiss 21-year-old is definitely a player who could improve the current Liverpool side in several ways and he would fit in perfectly with the current brand of player Rodgers seems to like having in and around his team.
He’s small, he’s quick, he’s very good on the ball and Bayern don’t want to sell him, which shows just how much Pep Guardiola rates him.
His age is very significant because Rodgers has shown an obvious trend in recent times of using younger players, who will eventually form the bedrock of the next Liverpool side.
Liverpool hold all the power because they have a player that Bayern Munich want who they could use to get a good swap deal out of Arsenal or Real Madrid.
Bayern Munich should be aware of that but while they don’t want to sell Shaqiri, Liverpool don’t want to sell Suarez so they aren’t likely to be receptive to a straight up Bayern deal for Suarez without a favour coming the other way.
It’s very much a case of ‘you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours’.
What do you think? Should Liverpool demand Shaqiri if they sell Suarez to Bayern?
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