Could Liverpool pair £25m striking star with Suarez - or swap them?

Liverpool have this morning been linked with a shock move for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.

The Frenchman has been the subject of much derision from the Galacticos faithful during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu, and there are feelings in the Spanish capital that the former Lyon man hasn't delivered enough since the departure of Gonzalo Higuain to Napoli last summer.

And now, with Champions League qualification in Liverpool's sights, manager Brendan Rodgers could look to bring the 26-year-old to Anfield – if they can break into the top four. A £25m fee has been suggested for Benzema, but there may be an obvious link to Luis Suarez developing.

Carlo Ancelotti's side have been strongly linked with a move for the Uruguayan hitman, but their chances seemed to be damaged when Suarez signed a new contract in December, keeping him at Anfield until at least 2018.

Yet, Liverpool's interest in Benzema could be the catalyst for a blockbuster swap deal between the two clubs, with Madrid looking to add more Premier League talent to their side after the recent captures of Gareth Bale and Luka Modric.

However, Liverpool are expecting former Ajax striker Suarez to stay on Merseyside if they qualify for the Champions League, and would be expecting a cash-plus-Benzema deal if they were to engineer an exchange, particularly as the departure of a fan's favourite would be a huge blow to the Reds fanbase.

There is also the possibility taht, should Liverpool fail to make it into the top four, they would almost certainly be unable to attract a player of Benzema's ilk to the club, whilst Suarez would also be likely to be playing away from Anfield next season.

Having neither striker would be a worst-case scenario for the Reds, but with a top four finish now looking likely, we could yet see Suarez and Benzema partnering each other under Rodgers – which is an exciting idea for all Liverpool fans, especially as the Madrid star would be something of an improvement upon Daniel Sturridge, who has flourished alongside Suarez.

If Benzema could join forces with Suarez and form a similar partnership with him, Liverpool could establish themselves as a true title challenger – but they need that top four finish this season to attract the big names.

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