EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool lead chase to sign Suarez Mk II
Published 22:30 24/03/12 By Simon Mullock
Liverpool are preparing to buy another Suarez – after Anderlecht’s £20million-rated striker Matias Suarez emerged as their top target.
Kop technical director Damien Comolli has watched the 23-year-old Argentinian in recent months – but Liverpool are just one of three Premier League clubs monitoring the player.
West Brom and another unnamed club have made their interest known to Anderlecht, but Liverpool’s financial power has put them in pole position.
Comolli was shocked to discover how much the Belgian club want for Suarez Mk II, but Anderlecht manager Herman van Holsbeeck has revealed of host of top sides are trailing the forward.
Van Holsbeeck said: “There are 15 top clubs prepared to pay the money we want for Suarez and the fee could be higher than the money we received from Chelsea for Romelu Lukaku last year. Matias could have gone to Russia in the winter and also Juventus, but his wife Magali did not want to go.
“Do I think Suarez is worth more than Lukaku? Well, technically he is a better player.”
Lukaku moved to Stamford Bridge in a deal worth up to £18m and Suarez has already signed himself up with
FirstEleven, the agency that represents Yaya Toure of Manchester City and Manchester United’s Rafael.
Comolli was responsible for the recruitment of Luis Suarez, who has been a huge hit, but many signings made by Liverpool’s American owners have not brought the same value for money.
Sunday Mirror Sport understands that John W Henry’s Fenway Sports Group will undertake a thorough review of the season in the summer – and all levels of management will come under scrutiny.
And despite a claim from managing director Ian Ayre that manager Kenny Dalglish has the full backing of the owners, his position will be reviewed.Dalglish has been bankrolled to the tune of £115m in the transfer market since returning to the Anfield hot-seat 15 months ago.
He has already won the Carling Cup and earned a place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup. But Liverpool are struggling for a top-six Premier League finish.
Before yesterday’s clash with Wigan, only two teams had a worse points haul over the last 10 games than Liverpool. In fact they are closer to the bottom of the table than the top.
Dalglish, of course, enjoys legendary status at Anfield and FSG will be loathe to alienate the fans.
The 61-year-old Scot took charge when the club was still reeling from the ownership years of Tom Hicks and George Gillett.
And if he can deliver a trip to the FA Cup final, his position will be strengthened further.
But Liverpool’s owners expected to be chasing a Champions League place.