Monday brings the big one with Arsenal under pressure to tell a different story than the one everybody expects. But first, can Liverpool win and go top when nothing less is acceptable?
The mailbox reminds Liverpool fans they haven't won anything yet, while the crisis at Spurs continues to hog our inbox. At least there are no more jokes about a wet night at Stoke...
Whilst talks with Luis Suarez's agent on Merseyside this week were reportedly amicable and open, the fact remains that the player wants out. For the long-term good of the club and to allow Brendan Rodgers time to recruit adequately from whatever funds the sale brings into the coffers, Liverpool need to force Real Madrid's hand and fast.
Under the current circumstances, with Madrid not having made any bid and Suarez mouthing disloyalty after disloyalty without making an official transfer request, Liverpool are the likely losers. Madrid, you suspect, have no intention of bidding officially until the last possible moment, for as little as they can get away with, hoping that Suarez's unhappiness and the ticking of the transfer window clock panics the Reds into agreeing a less than palatable price. The Spaniards appear to hold all the aces.
Liverpool have been burned this way before - and are obviously anxious to avoid a repeat. They insist they do not want to sell and from a financial standpoint, do not have to sell. But the reality is different. Ultimately, an unhappy player on the books does nobody any good. Suarez has pushed for moves in the past - and the likelihood is he will again when push comes to shove.
Bizarrely, the Uruguayan is sitting tight, making his little informal pleas for understanding and release, knowing well that making a formal transfer request will lose him a loyalty bonus and cause uproar among supporters. Such is football. Liverpool may bristle at the idea of selling their prized asset, but run the risk of losing more than the value of said loyalty bonus by leaving things too late.
A possible answer to the club's quandary may have come with Arsenal's "derisory" offer for the player in recent days. Whilst it was well below Liverpool's valuation and was quickly rebuffed, it nevertheless laid down a marker and suggests there is a market they can try to exploit.
On the basis that an unhappy player will be of little value to them come August, and a striking one even more problematic, Liverpool should put Suarez squarely and openly on the market. With good fortune, it may bring potential suitors out of the woodwork (even domestic ones Liverpool would rather not sell too), get Real Madrid to the table and potentially spark the kind of auction that may drive the selling price closer to acceptability.
Suarez wants out and Liverpool only stand to lose by holding him against his will - time to put up the For Sale sign and get it done.
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