With Rangers and Steven Gerrard currently in two minds regarding the potential sale of key player Alfredo Morelos to Lille, the immediate attention will elude to the £20 million asking price currently touted for the striker.
Earlier reports recently suggested that the Ligue 1 side are willing to pay up to £15m for Morelos [Daily Mail, 23/07/20, p.89] but given their financial muscle from recent high-profile sales (Nicholas Pepe and Rafael Leao), the Ibrox club want more.
Ranger’s current stance draws comparisons to the £75 million (BBC) headaches Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers had to cope with after Luis Suarez made it clear he wanted to join Barcelona in 2014.
The glaring similarity is perhaps just how much media attention both players received during their times with both respected clubs. Suarez and Morelos are both renowned for their controversial on-field antics as well as their undisputed attacking genius.
Like Liverpool, Gerrard and Rangers may to accept that Morelos, like Suarez, is a player that cannot be contained and is looking for that next step in his respected career.
What’s important for Rangers is that if they lose their most influential player over the last few seasons that they are able to recoup a substantial fee to cope with the loss.
Losing the 29-goal striker might be a major blow initially for Gerrard, but with time to spare, it could wind up being the financial boost the club uses to their advantage to bolster up other key areas in the squad.
Gerrard must learn from Rodgers’ shortcomings
What will be significant for Gerrard will be how he potentially invests the imminent incoming funds if Morelos is sold.
Rodger’s notoriously was unable to use the gargantuan Suarez sale to his advantage and instead wasted eye-watering amounts of cash that were unable to fill the void left by the Uruguayan which ultimately cost the Northern Irishman his job.
Signings such as Mario Balotelli, Lazar Markovic, Rickie Lambart and Alberto Moreno failed to make a significant impact and Liverpool quickly went from title challengers to failing to qualify for the Champions League.
Gerrard was Rodger’s captain during the summer spending spree that was fundamental in the current Leicester City boss’ dismissal in 2015.
Whether Gerrard has learnt from his former manager’s mistakes could be pivotal in Rangers potentially turning what could once be deemed as a crisis into an opportunity to revamp and improve the Gers unit as a whole.
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