Liverpool have long lacked a solid defensive midfielder in the mould of Javier Mascherano.
As we approach the January transfer window, it’s fair to say that this Liverpool side needs a another big shakeup.
Liverpool went on a spending spree over the summer, using the money received from the sale of Luis Suarez to purchase eight new players for a combined fee of more than £115 million.
Adding new bodies to help juggle a title challenge as well as cope with a European Champions League campaign was the aim, yet in doing so Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers’ first team has disappointed, although a long-term injury to Daniel Sturridge clearly hasn't helped the cause.
Aside from a lack of goals upfront, defensive woes and a less-than-perfect goalkeeping situation, Liverpool are in need of a new midfielder enforcer to offer protection and help take the load off the aging Steven Gerrard.
Enter Atletico Madrid’s Mario Suarez.
The defensive midfielder has grown tired of his lack of opportunities at the Vicente Calderon stadium and, according to the Spanish publication Marca, a January exit may be on the cards.
The 27-year-old can be described as a tough tacking midfielder, but also comfortable in possession and capable of playing in tight spots – qualities the Anfield outfit thought they had when signing Joe Allen.
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As per the table provided by Opta, Brazilian ace Lucas Leiva has performed a good job for Liverpool this season when called upon to anchor the midfield and protect the defence. Yet he has only featured in seven games this season, and teammates Gerrard and Allen are players who aren’t suited to playing that role.
Mario Suarez can offer the qualitity which Rodgers’ side desperately lacks, and his experience for Los Colchoneros over the years make him an outstanding candidate.
His ability to control the midfield initially impressed Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, persuading the Argentine coach to use him during key cup clashes - including this season’s Spanish Super Cup victory over Real Madrid.
Rated at €10 million by transfermarkt.com, Suarez's lack of opportunities this season at Atletico Madrid could see him leave for half of that amount – a bargain fee Liverpool might be tempted to pay.