Suarez has been in fine form since returning from his FA suspension this term – his partnership with Daniel Sturridge has been nothing short of breath taking and they are undoubtedly the most dangerous and formidable pairing in the Premier League this term.
Suarez had tried, unsuccessfully, to engineer a move away from Anfield this summer and we all know how that turned out but if Real Madrid, supposedly his destination of choice, came in with a bid that matched the club’s £60m valuation of him in January, would Brendan Rodgers be tempted to let him go?
For all his exceptional talent as a football player he is and always has been a bit of a liability and an embarrassment – not just on Merseyside, but wherever he’s been but, crucially, he is a massive part of Rodgers’ ambitions of Champions League qualification this term.
At present Real Madrid have two players who have seen a reduced form, confidence and subsequently status and opportunity at the Bernabeu under new boss Carlo Ancelotti – Karim Benzema has come in for criticism from all directions for his form and Di Maria has the like of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Isco to contend with for his place in the team.
If Suarez is valued at £60m, would Liverpool consider a swap deal I wonder for Benzema who, for all his lack of confidence is a top top striker and could likely function in a similar role to his Uruguayan counterpart along with Sturridge. Benzema is valued around half of Suarez’ value but Liverpool have admitted they need strengthening in other areas too.
Coutinho is a fantastic creative force in attacking midfield but perhaps an addition like Modric would make them supremely dangerous – that would be an interest proposal.
Or perhaps Di Maria who is valued around £25? I suppose if Liverpool weren’t that enchanted with either of those, they could swap Suarez for £30 million plus Benzema, which would be a pretty good deal. Then Rodgers could go out and spend the surplus on someone like Julian Draxler or Iker Muniain?
Those are the types of quality Rodgers could really put to work in the Premier League, they would be great investments for the future and if Suarez is going to go eventually anyway then why not maximise the sale? If he goes in January, Real Madrid (or whoever) will pay through the nose to get him just like Chelsea did for Fernando Torres three years ago and look how that turned out.
Kenny Dalglish brought in Suarez (amongst a number of undesirables, admittedly) with that money from Torres’ sale and I suspect Rodgers would spend far more astutely if he was given that kind of cash to splash.
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