Nearly every piece of speculation surrounding Liverpool Football Club this week has been around the possible signing of Luis Suarez from Ajax. The 23 year old is no doubt a talented player despite the controversy that has surrounded him over the last six months, and Kenny Dalglish refused to deny that the Reds were in negotiations over his transfer. He said that he wouldn’t be discussing any particular names at the press conference today and when asked by Suarez, he said to the reporter:
“I’d have thought you misheard me.”
Suarez has scored 81 goals in 108 league appearances for Ajax; a fantastic record which is slightly sullied by the fact that they came in the Eredivisie, a league that has become notorious over the years for making players look at lot better than they are. Names such as Alfonso Alves, Mateja Kezman and others are now long forgotten by Premier League fans, but not long ago they were bagging in the goals for their respective Dutch teams, being tipped as the hottest properties in Europe. There are of course, many successes as well as failures to come out of Holland. Manchester United paid £19million for Ruud van Nistelrooy and they were rewarded with a shed load of goals. A good omen for Liverpool fans too is that Suarez scored three goals in the World Cup, which suggests he can cut it at the highest level.
At the end of the day, the difference between success and failure in the Premier League is fundamentally down to the attributes the player has. Many may question Liverpool’s, as well as Chelsea’s, interest in Romelu Lukaku, a 17 year old Belgian striker who plays in the Belgian league, and the £25million asking price should looks quite steep. However, Lukaku has massive upper body strength, and a good deal of speed, with many saying he is the “New Didier Drogba,” and this is why interest is so high in the player.