After some back and forth action between Liverpool, Arsenal and Luis Suarez, things seem to have settled down slightly with the situation currently very clear.
Liverpool have made their stance over Suarez’s future clear, the player seems to have accepted that stance and Arsenal know they will have to pay £50 million plus in order to get their man.
It would be a blow to Liverpool if he left but whether their season rests on him staying is debateable because Liverpool head into the new season with a very good squad, with Brendan Rodgers adding well so far this summer.
“Where we sit actually right now, it all depends on what decision Luis Suarez makes in the next few weeks. How difficult it becomes for Liverpool. If we lose him then the challenge becomes even more difficult. It’s that simple,” said Gerrard.
It will be more difficult because Suarez is a world class striker and Liverpool would miss his goals but they have different attacking options and plenty of potential, which they will have to use through the first six games of the season anyway with Suarez banned.
Then there is the issue that the massive fee which would be gained through Suarez’s departure would create a nice little amount for Rodgers to be able to use in terms of finding a replacement.
A fee of £50 million would certainly allow Liverpool to go after strikers they may not have thought possible and that replacement could well end up scoring a high volume of goals for the club on a regular basis.
“If he goes to Arsenal, it obviously makes our season that little bit more difficult. It strengthens them an awful lot and they are our rivals for a top-four position. From the club’s point of view it doesn’t make sense at all, no matter how much money is put on the table,” added Gerrard.
Arsenal are under a whole different type of pressure, with the emphasis at the Emirates Stadium on winning something this season and ending that drought which has plagued the Gunners since 2005.
Liverpool just need to focus on their own role, their own shot at getting that top four place, ensuring that they are in a great position to take advantage of any slip ups that Arsenal and Spurs make over the course of the new season.
Take Suarez out of the side right now and Liverpool may struggle but that doesn’t take into account the replacement that would inevitably follow because Rodgers is not a naïve manager and won’t want to head into the new season a Suarez down, with no one there to fill the void created by his exit.
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