Jamie Redknapp: Will Luis Suarez play alongside or instead of Fernando Torres?

29 January 2011 01:23
INSIGHTGood news for Liverpool fans. This is a quality signing and Liverpool have not been able to say that enough recently.

The question is: can Luis Suarez play alongside Fernando Torres? Well, he was effective playing with Diego Forlan for Uruguay in the World Cup, where he was a real menace. He can play right in a three, with Torres as the spearhead. Or he can play off the front and drop into the space behind.

Too hot or too late? Luis Suarez appears to be arriving at Liverpool as their current No 9 departs

SUAREZ BY NUMBERS 154 goals in 269 club games, that's 0.57 goals per game

16 goals in his 38 caps for Uruguay

7 match ban for biting an opponent in a Dutch league game

15 shots on target at the World Cup, more than any other player

But Liverpool will need to hold their nerve and ignore the pursuit from Chelsea until 11pm on Monday. If Torres wants to go, how can they stand in his way, even if it sends all the wrong messages. Buy Suarez, keep Torres and that really sends a message that Liverpool are back in business.

However, if anyone can handle the loss of Torres and the message that sends out, it is Kenny Dalglish.

Liverpool should offer him a long-term deal now and charge him with guiding them through these difficult times.

The sledgehammer blow of losing their No9 would be compensated by allowing Dalglish the time and money to rebuild, along with the arrival of Suarez.

?22.8m is a lot of money for Suarez, a player who has scored goals in Holland but hasn't faced the demands of the Barclays Premier League. And if they can keep Torres, they will have two players who can put the opposition on the back foot.

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