Imagine, on one side, you have £50-£60 million to spend; whilst on the other, a ferocious world class striker. Would you jump for the money, or cling to the man?
This is exactly the situation Liverpool have, and not for the first time. Lets take a step back, to the when Fernando Torres left for chelsea. We received £50 million. With that we seemingly made two major signings, that of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll. We all know what happened. £35 million ended up wasted. Do we really want this to happen again?
Now Rodgers is a different man to Daglish, and he has made some excellent signings, in Coutinho and Sturridge. If Liverpool had £50 million to throw around the transfer market this summer, to reinvest in their squad, they may well present a far more dangerous threat to both Arsenal and Tottenham’s aims of making the top four next season.
If Arsenal buy Suarez, of course it will hurt initially for Reds fans but, in the long run it might actually be the best thing. In fact, if Arsenal get Suarez and Liverpool get £50 million out of the deal, the club that should be most concerned should be Spurs.
However, with Suarez netting 30 goals last season, replacing the Uruguayan would be a hard task. With only Arsenal left interested and Madrid making it clear they weren’t, it would require a substantial bid from the London team. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers reviled this week in a press conference, in response to questions over the forward’s future at Anfield, that Liverpool had not been in the Champions League for four years now and that it is their target to achieve that next term. That is where they want to be, but Suarez is reportedly fed up and wants Champions league football now.
Arsenal and Liverpool fans alike may believe, understandably, that Arsenal would be more competitive with Suarez and Liverpool would be less competitive without him – that makes logical sense given the quality of the player.
What would you rather have? The money, or the man?