Merry Christmas! And welcome to the inevitable barrage of silly transfer rumours. Okay, nobody actually believes Luis Suarez is ever going to return to Liverpool, but still, it’s Christmas…
Wouldn’t that be the ideal, albeit slightly creepy, present? Luis Suarez under Jurgen Klopp’s tree wrapped in Barca-themed gift-wrap, holding a card reading, “Season’s greetings, Jurgen. From John.”
I’ve had too much eggnog. According to John Aldridge, Liverpool should forgo logic and not bother signing decent centre-halves and break the bank in a surprise effort to re-sign Luis Suarez.
“The squad is quite good to be honest because we’re not in Europe,” Aldridge told 888Sport.com. “Coutinho is coming back soon and Matip and Gomez too. Plus, the young lads have plenty of potential. The manager will know if he needs to buy one but if the right man isn’t available he’ll play the kids. Money is available but he won’t go out and buy for the sake of it. Personally, I’d go and get Suarez.”
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Although Liverpool are the Premier League’s highest-scoring team, they are entirely vulnerable at the back and have conceded 20 goals this season. But Aldridge doesn’t think it’s as much of an issue as many make it out to be.
“There have been some hiccups but the Bournemouth game apart, defensively Liverpool have been good,” he added.
“That’s the fifth clean sheet in the last eight which isn’t bad, is it? Mignolet in goal has been a calming influence while Klavan can dominate at the back – he’s a very old-fashioned centre-back – and has been excellent. For me, though, Matip is possibly the signing of the summer.”
If John W. Henry ticked off Jurgen Klopp’s Christmas list and signed Luis Suarez then Matip would be usurped as the best signing at the club – but that’s the eggnog talking again.
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