The striker has been carrying the club on his shoulders this season. Selling him, no matter how lucrative financially, would leave the club's standing and philosophy in tatters...
It is an open secret that Manchester City are in the market to augment their strike force. Though the Eastlands-based club have four top class strikers, unrest amongst them is on an all-time high. This season, Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez have remained Roberto Mancini’s first choice strikers and the Argentine duo haven't disappointed.
Edin Dzeko has been prolific off the bench, but his Italian manager has never shown enough faith in him as a fixture in his first choice eleven. The Bosnian isn't satisfied with a place on the bench and has time and again made a mention of the same in the press. Mario Balotelli meanwhile remains an enigma, and it seems like Mancini is finally losing patience with his fellow countryman.
Hence with two strikers who could possibly leave the club in the immediate future, the Citizens are on the look-out for other world class options. Names such as Atletico Madrid hotshot Radamel Falcao, Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic and Brazilian prodigy Neymar were linked with City.
However with Falcao seemingly preferring a move to Chelsea, the Viola refusing to sell their Montenegrin striker till the summer and Neymar’s eyes on a transfer to Spain not until after the end of 2014 World Cup, a new target has been identified – Luis Suarez.
With the Uruguayan often embroiled in controversies, people forget what a gifted player the forward actually is. With two quick feet, a sharp footballing brain and also goals in his repertoire, it should not come as a surprise that a club like Manchester City is interested in Suarez.
However such reports are definitely not music to the ears of Liverpool fans, who are instantly reminded of Fernando Torres’ decision to dump the Reds in favour of Chelsea, in a move that broke the hearts of the Anfield faithful.
|Torres was a hit with the Liverpool fans before he left for Chelsea|
While Liverpool’s fans are quick to point out that the Spaniard’s lean form at Stamford Bridge means that the club was right in cashing in on the striker, the fact remains that most of them would give an arm to see the centre-forward link-up with Suarez, who was originally bought in to partner him.
In theory at least, the two would have formed a formidable strike-force, even if the Spaniard has lost a couple of yards of pace, as the former Ajax striker would do most of the running in and around the box, leaving space for Torres to profit from.
The fact that the club then decided to spend £35 million on Andy Carroll, who is presently on loan at West Ham, having been discarded by Brendan Rodgers, further deepens the misery of those with Liverpool’s best interests in their heart.
Add to that the drama of the summer window when Liverpool ended up with just the aforementioned Suarez and the injured Fabio Borini as their only strikers and it is easy to imagine what the reaction of Liverpool’s fans will be, if their this season’s messiah is sold off to aid a squad building process under their new manager.
Brendan Rodgers came out and swiftly put to bed any rumours of his star striker being sold to Manchester City, however as seen during the Clint Dempsey saga, his is not always the final word in such matters. What would certainly be pleasing to Liverpool fans is that Suarez has come out in public to pledge his loyalty. However haven't they heard that before from a certain Spaniard?
However the powers that be at the Anfield-based club must realize that although a £50 million fee might make for good reading on the financial charts, it would be a another huge body blow to Liverpool’s “big club” image.
The team has been in Champions League wilderness for the third year running now and that has already deterred several players from coming to Liverpool.
Why would the likes of Theo Walcott, Klaas Jan Huntelaar and other prospective targets in January want to join the club when they see that Liverpool are selling their most potent weapon going the other way?
|Huntelaar is one of Liverpool's targets in the January transfer window|
And we haven’t even delved into how it shall affect Liverpool’s on-field performance, where they are already struggling and would have been in further trouble, if not for the Uruguayan.
Also as seen from the massive splurge on Andy Carroll and the other signings that followed him under Kenny Dalglish, there is no guarantee that the replacements shall be able to fill-in the boots of the player they are replacing in the squad.
Even Rodgers' own hand-picked player Fabio Borini had looked uncertain during his short spell in the team before injury.
Where the club could end up if the replacements do not hit the ground running could send a shiver down most fans’ spines.
Not to mention that it would end up tagging a side with Liverpool’s glorious history as another selling club, which would be a new low in a period of turbulence for the team.
Hence, for the club to retain its status and build for a bright long-term future, it is important that the exciting young talent coming through its academy is mixed with world class skills of a player like Luis Suarez rather than sell their best player for financial benefits.
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