Club Focus – Liverpool – Adam and Suarez no closer to arriving despite Babel departure

With less than a week to go until the transfer window slams shut, Liverpool are no closer to welcoming top transfer targets Charlie Adam and Luis Suarez to the club, despite the departure of Dutch forward Ryan Babel which will have freed up the wage bill somewhat. The Reds are unwilling to meet the valuation of both players and as the days quickly go by, it seems less and less likely that Kenny Dalglish will add to his squad during this month.

Out of the two players mentioned above, Ajax’s Uruguayan striker Suarez would probably be the priority signing. For some time now, Liverpool have been missing a quality forward to pair up with current star striker Fernando Torres. Suarez, who scored a staggering 49 goals in 48 appearances last season, would be a fantastic acquisition for the club, but reports suggest Liverpool’s current offer for the 24-year-old is far from satisfactory. It is thought that Ajax would want in the region of £25million for the player, whilst Liverpool have offered just half that amount.

Another player, Blackpool’s influential midfielder Adam, is currently on the Reds radar, but again the Merseyside club are unwilling to present the Seasiders with a suitable offer. The Reds have offered £4million for Adam, though Ian Holloway believes his prized asset is worth far more than that. In the case of Adam, it remains questionable as to whether Liverpool would be willing to commit to such a risky deal. The midfielder has performed incredibly well for the newly-promoted side this campaign, with his long-range passing a particular highlight of his wide-range of talents; however it must be remembered that the same player could not cut it at Scottish side Rangers. Does having a good season for a new Premier League club who are punching above their weight make a player suitable to wear the Reds shirt?

Indeed, Liverpool have been in a similar situation before, when former boss Roy Hodgson signed left-back Paul Konchesky last summer. Konchesky was a top performer at Fulham, yet has looked out of place at Liverpool this season. Although both cases are not completely the same, seeing as Adam is a younger player, it does go to show that a player who is so influential at a club may not turn out to have as much of an impact at a bigger club. Adam may be worth far more to Blackpool than the £4million Liverpool have offered, but any increase on that bid could prove to be a real risk for the Reds.

Meanwhile, Dalglish will be looking for his side to gain another three points as the Reds face Fulham at Anfield tonight. Liverpool secured an impressive 3-0 win over Wolves last time out and with Steven Gerrard back from suspension, they will hope to get another win under the belts in a bid to get their season back on track and match last season’s seventh-place finish. Liverpool’s home form has been quite good this campaign and although Fulham look to have turned a corner themselves recently, it would be a tough ask for Mark Hughes’ men to record a victory at Anfield for the first time in 30 attempts.

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