James said that Liverpool could have a better chance of finishing in the top four this coming season if they were to sell unsettled striker Luis Suarez.
Whilst Liverpool would undoubtedly lose a top class striker – and a lot of baggage along the way – James may have a point.
Star players come and go with teams, but Liverpool perhaps already have a good idea of how they will fair without Suarez given he has had lengthy spells on suspension – having missed five league games last season, Liverpool won four of them, and drew the other (although noe of the matches were against top 6 teams).
James’ point is a good one, and suggests that a more harmonious team without an outstanding player can improve, but there are other factors to consider at Liverpool.
Liverpool clearly harbours ambitions of qualifying for the Champions League, and to do so they are going to need to get in some top class players - and part of the pulling power to attract in new talent will be having players of similar ilk already in the team.
If Suarez goes, Liverpool will have sent potential new recruits a strong message about the future, and with no European football on offer, it's difficult to see how the club can really kick on.
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