With Liverpool and Barcelona officially in talks over the sale of Luis Suarez, it is worth taking a step back and examining the impact that the Uruguayan's move will have at the Camp Nou.
Talks regarding the 27-year-old's move are said to be progressing rapidly, although no official fee has been agreed on, with Alexis Sanchez's role in the deal unclear. What is apparent is that Suarez's apology for biting Giorgio Chiellini has played a major role in the transfer.
The best strike force on earth?
Suarez's arrival will create the best strike-force in the world; a sumptuous trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Suarez. He compliments Luis Enrique's fitness based approach, and his wholehearted attitude on the pitch will please both Enrique and the Barcelona supporters.
If there is one major criticism levelled at Messi, it is that too often he looks to be lacking energy on the pitch, something that isn't true of the high-octane Uruguayan.
Enrique will have to be careful to avoid cramping the middle of the final third though, with the trio all adept at receiving the ball in deep positions, and driving at defenders. A return to the traditional number nine role could therefore be necessary to accommodate Suarez in the Catalan set up.
Suarez's Liverpool effect
Liverpool and Suarez played their best football on the counter-attack last season, and Ivan Rakitic will be key in implementing a high-pressing game, the likes of which Xavi and Cesc Fabregas where not willing, or able, to carry out.
In terms of Barcelona's image, the move once again brings the iconic purity of Los Blaugrana into disrepute. Barça were already compromised given their ties to Qatar, and the transfer of a player currently serving a four-month ban for his third biting offence will be seen by some as a further backward step by the club.
However, there is no doubting the move will bring much needed penetration to the Barcelona attack that too often lacked decisiveness in the absence of a proper striker. The move should also bring the best out of Jordi Alba and Dani Alves, if the Brazilian stays at the Camp Nou, as with a front three of Neymar, Messi and Suarez, out-and-out width will be lacking.
The move is nothing short of sensational, and in terms of the potential for goals and flair, it is a line up that probably stands with the greatest of all time.
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