Why selling Torres to Chelsea after just signing Suarez would be madness for Liverpool

Kenny Dalglish is fighting to keep Fernando Torres – even after signing Luis Suarez.

Selling Torres to Chelsea at this stage would mean Liverpool are effectively raising the white flag.

And knowing Kenny as I do, he would go berserk. There’s no way he would give up Torres without a fight.

It’s an easy conclusion to jump to that Liverpool signing Suarez for £22million means Torres is about to be sold to Chelsea.

But you cannot chuck Suarez into the Premier League and expect him to adapt immediately – especially if he’s playing up front on his own.

Suarez needs support and Dalglish will have seen signing the Uruguay striker as a top-class partner for Torres.

Dalglish will not see him as a potential replacement for Torres. That would be madness.

Liverpool are now seventh place in the Premier League – so why would you sell your best striker?

It doesn’t make sense for Liverpool either in football or financial terms.

Maybe in the summer Liverpool can think again if they can get £40m or £50m for him, have Suarez settled in and then sign a good replacement.

But to sell Torres and replace him with a player lacking Premier League experience would be madness.

Of course Chelsea want him. And you have to accept any player would have his head turned by their interest. It goes without saying Torres will be interested. It’s only human.

And while Chelsea looked at Torres last summer, why leave making a bid until the last minute of this window?

It leaves them in a race against time to get the deal done and a cynic might suggest Roman Abramovich needs some good PR rather than having a genuine belief that the deal can get done.

Yes, there’s time before Monday’s deadline, but anyone involved in big transfers will tell you of the complexities involved.

Chelsea need to rebuild an ageing squad and signing Torres would be massive for them. Not only would it give the club a lift, it would send a strong message to everyone that Chelsea are back.

It would dismiss all talk that Chelsea have been blown out of the water by Manchester City’s billions.

Chelsea would be getting a World Cup winner, a world-class striker and a player capable of firing them to the top again.

Can they win the Premier League this season? Not from 10 points behind the leaders, Manchester United.

Chelsea stand a better chance in the Champions League. They will surely beat FC Copenhagen in the next round.

But Chelsea want sustained success. Carlo Ancelotti won the Double last season yet this season has exposed gaps in his squad.

There is no doubt they are ageing. Look at Didier Drogba. World-class, but he’s not getting any younger or better.

The defence needs rebuilding. That’s why they’ve gone for David Luiz. But all areas need strengthening.

To fail to do that this month would be a huge blow. To strengthen with two world-class players would give Chelsea such a lift.

In contrast, it would be a devastating blow to Liverpool, their fans and Dalglish.

The next 48 hours or so will tell us a lot about the future ambitions of ­Liverpool and Chelsea.

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