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Liverpool need to take Dortmund's Lewandowski approach

Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool have been credited with trying to imitate Borussia Dortmund's footballing philosophy; perhaps now it is time for them to follow their tough transfer stance too.

Under Brendan Rodgers Liverpool's attack was revitalised last season, becoming one of the more attractive teams in the Premier League to watch, sparked by a faith in young players who showed they could deliver.

The manager has said previously he has eyed German runners-up Borussia Dortmund as a side he believes he can base his blueprint for success around, without needing the break the bank.

"You can challenge without spending £80m in one summer, look at the example of Borussia Dortmund...Unless you have got the Manchester City or Chelsea money and just bring in £70m-£80m worth in one summer to add to a Champions League-winning group, you need a different way.

"I think this [Dortmund's] is the best way because you are not just looking after the team but also the club. Of course, supporters will always look at the team but for me it's bigger than that to have success. It's about all aspects of the club, so that when you do arrive you are in a strong position."

Now Borussia Dortmund may suddenly be a dirty couple of words around Anfield given the way they pipped Liverpool to top target Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but the Germans do have another approach the Reds should model.

While they sold Mario Gotze to rivals Bayern Munich earlier in the summer, they did not have a choice in the matter, given the way the Germans activated the release clause in his contract.

But with Bayern attempting to sign star striker Robert Lewandowski, Dortmund have stood firm and said categorically they will not sanction any such sale to their rivals.

It is this firm approach which Liverpool need to echo with regard to Arsenal's pursuit of Luis Suarez.

Arsenal are already a step ahead of Liverpool, given the way they have finished 12 points ahead of them in the Premier League last season, and selling them top goalscorer Luis Suarez will extend that gap rather than close it.

Dortmund are in the tough spot that Lewandowski's contract is expiring next summer, and he can walk away and sign for Bayern then on a free, but that only makes their stance even more admirable.

With clubs so predominantly run as businesses nowadays, it would be easy for them to cash in on the Pole like Arsenal did on Player of the Year, Robin van Persie last summer who had a year left on his deal, selling him to Manchester United.

Dortmund's no nonsense approach to Lewandowski is certainly another positive, and if Liverpool are intent on taking the German side's good parts into their grand plan, making Suarez stick it out and honour his contract, at least for another year, is certainly the way to go.

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