NOTE: Suarez saga number 2 is written about here: http://jamesmartinblogs.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/not-again-suarez-saga-version-20.html
In the 2012/13 season, our best player has been Luis Suarez. He has been prolific in front of goal, and terrorised defences with his superb on-the-ball skills. Naturally, he is attracting a lot of interest from other clubs, and the club that looks most keen to sign him is Real Madrid. At this stage there are only rumours, but it has been suggested that Madrid are looking to do a swap deal whereby Liverpool get Benzema and Di Maria in return for Suarez.
This swap could be great for
Liverpool. Angel Di Maria would be an excellent signing,
as he is a proven talent and we could do with another winger. Stewart Downing
has improved vastly this season, but is still not up to the standards of the
rest of our attacking line. Di Maria has assisted 16 goals in all competitions
this season, which is extremely impressive. He has also netted 9, which isn’t a
bad tally for a wide player. If both he and Benzema were able to make the
transition to English football, the attacking partnership of Di Maria, Benzema,
Sturridge and Coutinho has the potential to be formidable, one of the best in
the Premier League.
Also, Suarez brings a lot of controversy. He picked up a 7-match ban last season for racism, and is currently serving a 10-match ban for biting Ivanovic, meaning he will miss the first six games of next season. This prompts a question: Is he worth it? Benzema has scored 19 goals for Real Madrid this season, and has assisted 20! For a forward, that is a ridiculously high amount of assists. We also know he can be extremely deadly in front of goal (he netted 32 times for
in the 2011/12
season). This sort of return for goals and assists is on a par with Suarez’s
(arguably even better), and Benzema doesn’t bring with him the excess baggage
of controversy. If he could carry his form from Madrid Madrid
over to Liverpool, he would arguably be even
better for us than Suarez has been. Getting Di Maria on top of this would be an
added bonus, and if
were to offer this deal we would be foolish not to at least consider it. Madrid
On paper at least, this looks like an extremely tempting offer. However, things have the potential to go very wrong. We know that Suarez fits in at
and he has proven his ability to score goals for us on numerous occasions.
Benzema is a very talented striker, but has never played in English football.
It is more physical than La Liga, and if he failed to make the transition Liverpool would be in trouble. Without a suitable
replacement for Suarez, we would be hugely reliant on Sturridge to get us
goals, and his form is much too hit-and-miss to warrant the role of main
striker. Di Maria could also prove a bad signing. Despite his relatively high
goals and assists return, he does have a tendency to squander chances by going
for ambitious long shots or trying fancy passes. We need a winger who can
consistently provide chances, not one who throws them away.
All this uncertainty makes me think that it wouldn’t be worth taking the risk. Without Suarez we would have had an absolutely awful season, and if we’re going to get rid of him the price has to be right. However, were more to be offered, I think that it could be a good deal. If Real were to offer some money as well as the two players, we would at least have a safety blanket that allows us to sign others if Di Maria and Benzema backfire. Another name that has been mentioned a couple of times in relation to this deal is Diego Lopez. If
were to offer him as well as Di Maria and Benzema in return for Suarez, Liverpool should definitely do it. Lopez has been keeping
Casillas out of the first team recently in La Liga, and with Reina seemingly on
his way out I cannot think of a better replacement. If were to make this offer (which is
admittedly unlikely), we would be extremely foolish not to take it. Madrid
To sum up, it will have to be a pretty special offer from
to make it worth getting rid of Suarez. Although Benzema and Di Maria are great
in La Liga, they have never played in the Premier League, and may struggle. Suarez
is a proven talent at Madrid Liverpool. However, were
money or Diego Lopez to be offered alongside Di Maria and Benzema, it would
make it a good trade, and I think Liverpool
should go for it. If everything went well, we could end up with one of the best
‘keepers in the Premier League as well as one of the best attacking line-ups.
Suddenly Suarez is starting to seem like a small price to pay.
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