Luis Suarez has recently been linked with a dramatic return to Liverpool in the Spanish press.
Deportes Cuatro report that the Reds see Suarez as the ideal replacement for Mohamed Salah should the Egyptian leave the club this summer.
While Suarez is happy at Atletico Madrid, the Spanish side want a squad clear-out in the transfer window.
If Atleti do decide to let the Uruguayan leave, Liverpool and Inter Miami are said to be the two options for him.
Under normal circumstances, a 34-year-old striker that is growing increasingly injury-prone would not be a player that Jurgen Klopp would consider signing.
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Liverpool usually target young players that can develop into world-class talents at Anfield. Thiago aside, they rarely sign players close to or older than 30.
However, there is one key reason that a Suarez return to Anfield might actually make sense for all parties this summer.
Liverpool’s famous front three is coming to the end of their tenure. While it is unlikely that any of Salah, Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino leave the club this summer, they will not be the first-choice attacking trio next season.
Suarez the short-term solution with long-term benefits
The team will need to sign some attacking reinforcements in the transfer window. As a side looking to be the very best in the world, they should be signing the very best talent.
They are the two finest talents in the game. Either would be an ideal replacement for one of the current front three.
The issue is, both of them will be incredibly difficult for Liverpool to sign in 2021. The possible lack of Champions League football in 2021/22 will likely turn them off a move to Merseyside.
Both players will actually be much more gettable in 2022. Mbappe will be out of contract, while Haaland has a release clause that kicks in at the end of next season meaning that he could be signed for much below market value.
It would make financial sense for Liverpool to target a cheap stop-gap before signing the long-term forward later on.
This type of deal has worked excellently for three big European sides this summer.
Suarez’s own switch to Atletico Madrid has been an excellent move. Los Rojiblancos may yet bottle the La Liga title, but it is still possible largely thanks to Suarez’s goals.
His long-term international strike partner Edinson Cavani has been excellent when fit for Manchester United. This has given Mason Greenwood an extra year to develop into their long-term No 9.
Finally, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been the catalyst for AC Milan’s best season in almost a decade in Serie A.
If Liverpool had Salah, Mane, Firmino, Diogo Jota and Luis Suarez as their attacking options next season, it would put them in a great position to challenge for major honours.
This, in turn, would make Anfield a much more enticing destination for both Mbappe and Haaland.
Suarez may not be a typical FSG-type signing, but it could be one that makes perfect sense for everyone.