Going on the assumption that every player has his price, what would Brendan Rodgers consider in exchange for Luis Suarez?
Selling Luis Suarez to Real Madrid - could any good come from such a decision?
It's easy for Liverpool fans to cry "no" in unison, but the possibility of getting hold of a clutch of proven top class players, rather than a huge sum of money, may be what could end up taking Liverpool to the title.
The biggest mistake Tottenham made last season when they sold Gareth Bale is that they received €100 million in cash. There was much talk of quality players being included in the deal, the likes Fabio Coentrao, Angel Di Maria, Mesut Ozil and Alvaro Morata all being mentioned, but who would want to drop down to Spurs and Europa League football when playing for Real?
The prospect of a move to Liverpool, the Premier League's most exciting attacking team last year and set to return to the Champions League in the coming season is a different kettle of fish though. Any player that was set to leave the Bernabeu the Reds would be in with a shout of signing.
So if the unthinkable happened, and Luis Suarez was set up for a move to Madrid, would it be the end of the world for Liverpool? Sure he is the club's talisman, but at 27 he may only have 3 or 4 seasons left at the awesome level he displayed over the last 12 months. It sounds a lot of time but it is an indicator of how hard it is for a player of that age to remain the future of a club. To put things into perspective, it was four years ago this summer that Roy Hodgson took over at Anfield.
If Liverpool could negotiate a player swap with Real, taking in players in three key areas that need strengthening, it may be better business than either refusing a bid or receiving money in exchange. It's notoriously difficult to persuade top teams to part with their best players, especially when they know you've just received your own huge transfer fee, so such a deal with Real would give them access to players that may not normally be available.
Considering that prices of up to £100 million have been quoted for Suarez, Liverpool could arguably ask for the likes Fabio Coentrao to come in at left back (£15 million), Angel Di Maria to come in to midfield (£35) million, and Karim Benzema to replace the Uruguayan (£30 million). That would leave, depending on any potential fee, £20 million cash or more room to bargain for young prospects like Raphael Varane and Alvaro Morata.
Now of course, the possibility of these figures and players changing hands is unsubstantiated, but is merely meant to show that if Real were to approach Liverpool in the same manner they did with Bale last summer, the Reds would have significantly more bargaining power to ask for almost whatever they wanted.