By Matthew Skelly – @matthew_skelly
With ten games left of the league campaign, the summer transfer window is fast approaching.
It’s that time of year where rumours begin to pick up pace ahead of the top sides strengthening for next season – with a few positions up for debate which Liverpool could bolster for the 2019/20 campaign.
A name that I believe should be near the top of Jurgen Klopp’s targets is a man we are all familiar with. His name is Luis Suárez. And I think to see him back in the famous red would make a lot of sense.
There has been a lot of speculation that Barcelona will be looking to replace their No.9 in the summer, with Mauro Icardi linked heavily – which could prompt a potential move away from the Catalan giants.
Since his £65m move in 2014, Luis has won it all – Barca look on track to record their fourth La Liga title in five years, with a Champions League medal alongside four consecutive Copa Del Rey triumphs.
Last night he was pivotal in the Blaugrana overcoming El Clásico rivals Real Madrid, scoring twice in a 3-0 victory (4-1 agg) at the Santiago Bernabeu, to set up yet another final in the competition – against Valencia or Real Betis.
This winning mentality is something many accuse Liverpool of lacking. ‘City have been there before’ often gets thrown around. His wealth of experience and ability to bring out the best in those around him could be a huge advantage for the Reds.
At the age of 32, El Pistolero would not command a huge transfer fee. Whilst not being a long-term option at Anfield, he would allow prodigy Rhian Brewster to be given the chance to show his worth when he returns from his long spell on the sidelines.
Not to mention Brewster would be learning from one of the best No.9s the world has seen. To sign a striker in high demand would be very costly.
In turn, this would allow the club to spend resources elsewhere – as we could have a top player in our ranks ready to grow. It would be a huge disappointment to see Brewster replicate the progress of a player like Jadon Sancho elsewhere – with Klopp a huge admirer of the 18-year-old.
Unfortunately, we don’t have the backing of Middle Eastern royalty as the likes of Man City and PSG possess. I would argue that the larger sums would be better invested in a top-quality centre back, such as De Ligt, Koulibaly or Militao, and some full-back cover. Potentially some quality in depth out wide and in the midfield, too.
Alongside Luis, we’d have Bobby Firmino, Brewster and Mo Salah all capable of playing up top – assuming that Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi depart in the summer.
Depending on Rhian’s development – a new, long term number nine could wait until the following summer, when placed on a list of priorities – should it still be deemed necessary.
Above all of this, Suárez would fit the system incredibly. His tenacity and desire would be a joy to behold under Klopp. Alongside this, he holds abilities which we have lacked at times this season. He is incredibly gifted when playing against teams with a deep block.
With a natural talent in tight spaces and a deadly eye for goal, when teams ‘park the bus’ he could be the key to unlock them.
The Uruguayan is also a great provider for his team-mates. In 154 La Liga appearances, he has assisted on 60 occasions. With the quality of Mo, Mané and Firmino around him, he could easily replicate the same at Anfield. You just need to look at the levels Daniel Sturridge hit whilst playing alongside Luis.
For much more than nostalgia purposes, ‘I Just Can’t Get Enough’ of the thought of Suárez back in front of the Kop – finishing the job he came so close to accomplishing under Brendan Rodgers – winning a Premier League trophy for the Redmen.