Luis Suarez’s Liverpool future is still very much up in the air as the new Premier League season draws closer. The Reds’ first top-flight fixture of the 2013/14 campaign will be played in less than a month’s time, yet the uncertainty over the Uruguayan’s plans and ambitions may well be holding back Brendan Rodgers’ side.
The Anfield outfit have already added Spaniards Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto to the squad this summer, giving Rodgers a couple of exciting attacking options to throw into the mix over the coming months, but the key question is whether either of those players could adequately replace Suarez.
If not, then Liverpool may find that all of the hard work in signing players early this summer may be undone by a last-minute bid for the services of their star man. So far, Arsenal are the only side to have reportedly made an offer for Suarez, though the likes of Manchester City and Real Madrid are seemingly also in the hunt for the tricky forward.
From what we can gather based on recent interviews, Suarez is apparently unhappy with life in England and also wants to play Champions League football. That the Kop idol will leave this summer can almost be expected and accepted. But the timing of his departure could be significant.
Should Liverpool sell the striker within the next few weeks, then they would have enough time to reinvest the money from Suarez’s sale into a replacement. There will no panic or rush – Rodgers would have the luxury of playing the waiting game on his key targets. However, if the Suarez saga continues into the final weeks and days of August, then Liverpool will be placed into an unhappy and uncomfortable corner.
When the Reds sold Fernando Torres to Chelsea for £50m in the dying days of the January 2011 transfer window, Kenny Dalglish splashed the vast majority of that cash into a move for Andy Carroll in what could be described as a panic buy. Should a similar situation occur this summer, it would have the potential of wrecking Liverpool’s season and setting them back significantly.
Unfortunately for the Merseysiders, the sale of Suarez is likely to bring in a huge amount of money, so they are unlikely to be able to risk signing a high-value replacement before selling their key player in case the current interest in Suarez from other clubs does not advance into an actual move for the Uruguayan. Therefore, Liverpool are not in the strongest of positions in this instance.
Of course, Suarez may not even leave this summer. But if his future lies away from Merseyside, then it would be best for the Reds to sell him sooner rather than later, to avoid the trouble of rushing to sign an adequate replacement. If Real Madrid’s interest in Suarez is real, then the Spanish giants can afford to play the waiting game. Liverpool cannot.
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