Rumours on reputable websites such as the bet365 site this week suggesting Manchester City are on the verge of a January transfer window swoop for Luis Suarez should be taken with a pinch of salt by supporters of either club.
Suarez is reportedly the subject of a £40m transfer bid from City, who, according to reports, are struggling to keep up with the front runners in the Premier league despite being just two points behind leaders Manchester United (bet on football with bet365 before the title race hots up over the festive period). They’ve scored 20 goals this season and boast one of the most expensive attacking units on the planet; yet still many assume they’ll be looking for a striker come January.
No, City are very unlikely to spend big in January and even less likely to pluck Suarez out of Rodgers’ tight grasp. For Suarez is key to the Rodgers era of developing a system of young, talented players who co-ordinate with each other and play football on the ground. The Uruguayan is a central figure not only to developing the likes of Raheem Stirling, Siso and Fabio Borini, but also to Liverpool’s immediate success in the league.
With Borini currently out injured, to sell our only experienced striker would be a suicidal move on Rodgers’ part and he would have to start his plans again from scratch. Liverpool are in no position to sell their best assets thanks to the stability the owners provide and instead should be looking at bolstering their strike force, rather than dismantling it.
Granted, £40m would be a tasty sum to head off into the January transfer window with but Suarez’s current form suggests he is probably worth more than that – especially as he’s our main asset in the side.
Our summer transfers were promising but they need adding to, even Rodgers can admit that; and City should think again about taking away a central pillar to our squad development.