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Liverpool must sell Luis Suarez this summer

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To most Liverpool fans the loss of Luis Suarez would be unthinkable; on par with Tottenham selling Gareth Bale last season - and look what happened to them.

But perhaps the sale of their top striker wouldn't be all bad news for the Merseyside club. It might seem an extraordinary thing to say given the season he has just had and his performance to demolish English hopes of progressing in the World Cup. There is some logic though in considering the position were he to go.

Firstly the transfer fee would enable Liverpool to go out and buy five or six top class players instead of the couple of big stars and a few journeymen or loan players that their current budget will restrict them to.

Liverpool desperately need defenders - right across the back five they are weak, as Glen Johnson's performances for England amply demonstrated. Jose Enrique is injury prone and Kolo Toure accident-prone on the pitch. Simon Mignolet looks fragile and, even though Pepe Reina isn't going to Napoli he probably isn't staying at Liverpool either.

Though the midfield is strong Gerrard can't go on forever and Joe Allen remains unconvincing. The flanks look weak though, especially if Raheem Sterling ends up playing in what looks his best position, behind the main striker.

And this is where I come to the main argument in favour of selling Suarez. Sterling is 19 and exciting, Sturridge is 24 and a dangerous striker in his own right. Suarez is 27 - alright not old and obviously still young enough to have a good few seasons in him; but what will he be worth at the end of his contract?

Even worse what if he gets injured or goes off the rails again. He might well be unsellable if we have any more 'incidents'. He could even get an indefinite ban were he to transgress in anything like the ways for which he is already notorious. His comments about the England team, the country in general and the way he has been treated will alienate him even further from opposition fans.

Of course the Koppites love him and he is, undoubtedly, an exciting and positive player to watch. But sometimes you have to think about the greater good and the future of the club. Sterling is that future. Playing both him and Suarez in the hole behind the striker isn't likely to work for long and having the three strikers playing has usually meant at least one of them playing wide in a less effective position.

It is also worthwhile remembering that other clubs have sold world-class players and pushed on without them. When Everton sold Wayne Rooney in 2004 they had just finished 17th in the Premier League (EPL).

The next season without Rooney they registered their only Champions League (CL) qualification to date. The football world was astounded when Manchester United sold Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009 for £80m but United went on to win two of the next four EPL titles and lose the other two by one point and goal difference (two titles they, in fact, should have won). So there was no obvious diminution in their status until Sir Alex Ferguson quit and David Moyes took over.

Strange as it might seem, the biggest risk to the strategy of selling Suarez is actually Brendan Rodgers. Given how he has handled the player so far and his undoubted skill in developing and deploying players generally, it is hard to swallow that he introduces an unknown element.

But the truth is that his dealings in the transfer market have been mixed at best and I wonder how impressed John W Henry would be if he handed Rodgers an extra £70m and he came back with the likes of Fabio Borini (£10m), Iago Aspas (£8m), Simon Mignolet (£9m), Luis Alberto (£7m), Mamadou Sakho (£15m), Tiago Ilori (£7m) and Joe Allen (£15m)?

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