Liverpool will have the opportunity to sign Luis Suarez for free, according to reports. Here are three clear benefits of completing a deal.
Catalonian Radio station RAC1 report that new Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman wants to let go of Suarez. He has no plans for the Uruguayan forward and lawyers are talking about terminating the contract early.
That makes Suarez available free to sign, of course, which naturally makes you wonder about a Liverpool return. So here are three clear benefits should Liverpool make that happen.
Goals, goals, goals
Suarez doesn’t have the reputation he once did but there’s little doubt that he can still score goals. The 33-year-old scored 21 in the campaign just gone, adding another ten assists.
He scored 22 the year before, too. This isn’t a player who has forgotten how to find the back of the net – and Liverpool could use one of those.
Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah score but behind those, Liverpool don’t have much. Divock Origi, the only other recognised goalscorer, managed just four in the Premier League last season. One in 2020.
21 seems an awful lot higher now…
Making a decision
Liverpool have a tough choice to make. As things stand, Origi is the backup player but there is an alternative on the books in Rhian Brewster. He scored 11 times for Swansea City after joining on loan in January and the 20-year-old could be Liverpool’s go-to from the bench.
But there is also the option of sending him out on loan. Brewster could play regular first-team Premier League football with the right loan. That’s probably better for his long-term development than a bench role.
Now, if Suarez was around, Liverpool needn’t worry about needing a goalscorer. They could then loan Brewster out and, hopefully, end up with a better player down the line.
In terms of work-rate and experience, few match Suarez. Say what you want about some of his emotional decisions and inability to not bite people, but he’s maintained a place at the top for a reason.
And with so many talented young players at the club, having a legend drop in to set an example would be a great benefit. Now, there are already fine players to learn from at the club. But Suarez could offer a different perspective than they’re used to, having gone to win in a different country with different players.
For a one or two year deal, that kind of tutoring could be invaluable long-term.