After asking for a transfer away from Liverpool, and with Real Madrid reportedly interested, it looks increasingly likely that Luis Suarez is set to leave Anfield in the transfer window.
A lot of media reports have focused on the issues and problems with Liverpool selling their star striker, but this article examines why this transfer might not be as bad as first thought.
Firstly, Liverpool can reinvest the money back into the transfer kitty - money that Brendan Rodgers will subsequently have available to him.
Rodgers has shown that his capable of finding quality player than his predecessor Kenny Dalglish, who spent a lot of money on players that just didn’t seem to perform, such as Andy Carroll.
Whereas Rodgers’ acquisitions of Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge were strokes of genius by the Reds' boss, as Sturridge gave them a pacey striker to run in behind the lines, and with Coutinho they have a ball-playing winger, who has the ability to play defence-splitting passes.
Therefore, if Rodgers is able to get his hands on the Suarez transfer money, I would expect him to spend it wisely and bring in some top quality players to the club.
The money from Suarez could help pay for the reported target Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Shakhtar Donetsk, who is expect to cost around £25m and could play just behind Sturridge as a central attacking midfielder.
This would then leave Rogers with at least £15m left to spend. I feel this money would be well spent in the defensive back-line. Although they have managed to recruit Kolo Toure on a free, I still feel the centre of defence is an area to improve.
This is due to the fact Sebastian Coates doesn’t, in my opinion, seem up to Premier League standard, and may be improve if sent out on loan.
They should try and recruit a centre-back that is also able to play as a left-back, in order to offer Jose Enrique some cover. Therefore, it could be an option to recruit Thomas Vermaelen for that price, especially if Arsenal recruit a new centre-back and deem the Belgian surplus to requirements.
However, I would express that there are other options that could be considered.
On a side note the removal of Suarez could help to improve the reputation of the club as several incidents, including the Patrice Evra racism scandal, have cast a dark shadow over the once well-respected club.
The Suarez situation is one which is intriguing and movement will be expected now the Confederations Cup is over. I do think that Suarez will leave but it is not a situation that Reds' fans should panic about as long as the money is able to be reinvested.
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