Atletico Madrid marksman Luis Suarez has been linked with a blockbuster return to Liverpool, but is his return the best of choices?
Liverpool have encountered problems at all ends of the pitch this season and in particular, at the turn of the calendar. In 2021, the Reds have failed to win a single match at the Anfield and although their defensive crisis may be blamed for it, the attackers have faltered as well. The side has scored just one open-play goal since January on home soil.
With a mini overhaul complete at the back in the winter transfer period, Jurgen Klopp is already focusing on a summer rebuild. The German wants a shock reunion with Luis Suarez at Anfield, according to Fichajes. Klopp took over the reigns a couple of seasons after the Uruguayan’s departure to Barcelona and has missed a lethal striker in his five seasons.
Now that Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are proving relatively easy to contain and Diogo Jota lacks the physicality to be a regular, Suarez is seen as a realistic option for the short-run. His contract with Atletico Madrid allows him to leave for free at the end of every season and Liverpool are hoping to capitalize upon the same.
In truth, Suarez’s time at the Anfield was memorable to say the least, but not in terms of silverware. The 34-year-old’s only piece of collective silverware in a three and a half year span at the club was a League Cup. In that sense, he may like to come back to his former club and win an array of English titles, having already won everything possible in Spain.
However, the move is anything but a smart one for Liverpool. The Reds are a fine side, but a large number of their players will enter the 30 year mark in by the end of 2021-22, including the formidable front three of Firmino, Mane and Salah. In what should be a time to focus on a futuristic rebuild, the club must not take a short-sighted view and sign an older player.
Suarez’s signing will not be financially easy either as he will demand one of the highest salaries at the club. And although the Uruguayan may be deserving of a second stint on Merseyside due to the quality he possesses, his injury record, including a four-month layoff in his final months at Barcelona last season signal it to be a risky move.
Instead, it would be judicious of the Reds to accept a transitioning phase and continue to sign and trust younger players as they have done in the past couple of years too. Jota amongst is certainly one for the future and with tactics and time being invested in the Portuguese’s growth, there is no reason why he won’t be Liverpool in-house solution to scoring problems.