Liverpool’s Suso sacrifice worth it to fix defensive problems
For all Liverpool’s attacking menace and swashbuckling football, the overriding feature of their 2013/14 campaign is that defensive frailties cost them dear when a first Premier League title in 24 years was virtually in the bag.
Therefore, the news that Liverpool are apparently willing to let one of their young attackers leave the club in order to bring in a quality defender for next season, should be music to the ears of Reds fans.
According to various reports, the Merseysiders have offered Sevilla around £16m plus young Spanish winger Suso for the services of their 21-year-old left-back Alberto Moreno.
Moreno, a Europa League winner with Sevilla, is on the cusp of inclusion in 13/2-shots Spain’s World Cup squad have being named in the provisional list and Liverpool want a slice of the action.
Having lost previous first-choice left-back Jose Enrique for the entire season, it’s been a problem position for manager Brendan Rodgers at Anfield, where natural right-footers Glen Johnson and Jon Flanagan were forced to fill in most of the time.
By bringing in a sought-after specialist for the left-back berth the Northern Irishman will not only solve a headache for next season, he’s also looking to the future.
The news that 20-year-old Suso will be used as extra bait to hook the money men at Sevilla has divided opinion on social media, with many Liverpool fans expressing their anguish at the prospect of letting Suso go.
However, as promising as the skilful youngster is, the fact he was loaned out again this season shows he was not quite at the same stage as say Raheem Sterling and letting him leave in this case is a necessary evil.
Liverpool are blessed with fresh-faced attacking talent with Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Ibe also backing up Sterling, but they are in far more desperate need of quality defenders.
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