A disputed clause in Luis Suarez's Liverpool contract currently has his prolonged transfer to Arsenal on hold, however, former Anfield favourite John Barnes - a two-time division winner - believes any further hold-up in the sale leaves Liverpool at a disadvantage as they would not have adequate time to find a replacement for the Uruguayan forward.
'We’ve seen in the past when transfers go down to the last minute that it doesn’t help anybody, especially for a club like Liverpool who, if they lose Suarez, would have to find a big-name replacement,' Barnes said earlier today, Tuesday, on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.
'I’d like it to be done sooner rather than later because if it goes down to the last day, and you then have to go and get somebody, it’s not ideal.'
Barnes also fails to see the logic in keeping hold of a player against his will and, if it is clear Suarez wants to leave Merseyside - something that has been apparent since the end of last season - then the club should focus on securing a satisfactory fee for the 26-year-old.
'As far as Suarez is concerned, if he’s not going to be happy, then he has to go. We can all say, ‘yes, we think Suarez is going to be a player like Carlos Tevez, who gives 100 per cent no matter what’ but we don’t know what his mental state is going to be if he doesn’t get his wish [to leave the club].'
Arsenal, meanwhile, hope a third bid, of £42.5 million, will be enough to coax Liverpool into selling their star asset.
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