7/05/2013 04:30:00 pm

Nicol warns: LFC fans will 'go ballistic' over £40m transfer 'madness'. Agree...?

The speculation over Luis Suarez's future has exponentially intensified over the last month, and although the Uruguayan clearly wants to join Real Madrid, (improbable) reports this week claim that both Arsenal and Chelsea are interested in signing the controversial striker. Such a move would almost certainly anger Liverpool's fanbase, and Reds legend Steve Nicol is incensed by the possibility that his old club might sell Suarez to a Premier League rival.

Discussing the Arsenal speculation last night, a clearly irritated Nicol scoffed at the idea of Suarez signing for a London club. He told ESPN:

"Why would he [Suarez] go to Arsenal?

"It better not happen because if it did, Liverpool fans would go absolutely ballistic. If you’re going to sell him, fine, but you don’t sell him to a direct rival. It’s madness".


I can understand Nicol's frustration, but I just can't see Arsene Wenger signing a player as problematic as Suarez.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is (unfortunately) a soft touch when it comes to the Suarez, and his excessive servility is (IMO) a sign of a major inferiority complex. Wenger, however' is totally different type of character, and I sincerely doubt he would tolerate Suarez's negative behaviour, or even contemplate taking the risk.

Additionally, unless the deal involved a cash-plus-player exchange, the possibility of Arsenal splashing out £40m on a single player is arguably slim to none, and Wenger's historical transfer dealings seem to support that.

Chelsea, on the other hand, is a different proposition entirely. The Blues have the cash to pay full whack, and given the club's history, management, moral bankruptcy and philosophy, Suarez would fit the London club like a glove.

I personally have no problem with Suarez going to Stamford Bridge; with Mourinho is at the helm, it's likely they'll be challenging for the top two spots in the league, which won't affect Liverpool, who will be challenging for the fourth Champions League spot.

If a deal did go through, however, Suarez would - with any luck - do a Torres and lose the magic that makes him such an exciting player, thus negating the benefit of the transfer.

It would also be highly amusing to have John Terry and Suarez in the same team. Talk about deliciously negative symmetry! Chelsea's lawyers would probably be on permanent red alert, and those jokes just write themselves ;-)





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35 Comments :

OriginalChan said...

All about the right price, for me. To Chelsea or City I don't even mind much for the right price as they aren't our competition, with or without Suarez, as we're miles off them. With Arsenal, a little bit less palatable as we are somewhat nearer to them than the other two.




When you aren't at the top of the food chain or near it, the right price will get you thinking a lot.





Latest on Henrikh is that Dortmund are tying up the deal apparently.

LFCsuperFAN said...

WOW!!! Is it me or is just Nicol always have a concern about LFC. I mean he was a coach/manager of New England FC and we all know how that went. Chelsea or Arsenal really??? Even English Media are not taking up that story. I never knew JK and Nicol believes everything that Spanish Media says about the English teams. And especially the negative stories!

StevenG said...

Really??? Hey I have a bridge I wanna sell ya, Interested??

redgeorge said...

I wouldn't mind Chelsea paying £50/60 million and then he bombs like Torres!

Gano1 said...

£50m or Foxtrot Oscar!!!!

Niall O'Reilly said...

Ive no problem with Suarez going but selling to one of our rivals would be a bad idea IMO,Sure if it was another Torres then go ahead but I cant see that happening....

1970Blue said...

Probably not but as Liverpool is a selling club it is still a a possibility. Now Torres had a long dip but last season he wasn't as bad really. Where as Liverpool still look at the past Chelsea look at the present and the future and that is why even Suarez can make sense. It is all about the trophies.

Dave said...

To me, selling to anyone in the premier league is a bad idea. It's even worse to sell to clubs that are above us. Suarez does have some character deficiencies, but his desire to win is second to none and its infectious. I still hope he stays on to help us fight for the CL spot.

Okocha said...

Steve nicol is the worst "pundit" around at the moment, he has absolutely no insight into the game & he has to constantly harp on back to the Liverpool dressing room in his day & the fear of facing Kenny dagleish if they had lost a game...he did nothing but slate Brendan Rodgers all season especially if they lost or drew to1 of the lower teams...yet when Kenny was blowing £100 mill on garbage players & getting turned over in the league that wasn't the managers fault, it was the players to blame!!

anteater said...

Good thing is that we all know that Arsenal definitely are not interested in Suaréz. This rumour, Suaréz to Chelsea/Arsenal, seems to be created out of boredom by a journo. Or, more likely, because Suaréz didn't deliver them something to write about for a week or two.

Gooner son said...

Bad news is chelski have bid £34.5mil for him...
Goodluck to pool this season.

Jaimie K said...

Yeah, Nicol is the worst pundit because he has views that are different to you. If he spouted stuff you agreed with you'd be singing his praises. Funny that.

BEAST said...

CHELSEA and MAN CITY aren't our competition at the moment and never will be if we sell them our best players!

Nei1y said...

Liverpool were never going to spend £20 odd million on what's his name. As it stands they have only spent a couple million so far. 23million out, 21 back in sales.

jim said...

THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS

I don't think Suarez will eventually move to a premier league team . If he has to stay in the EPL, then he'll be at liverpool.

whether we will be challenging for the top four places or not, one thing for sure is that the fourth place will be the least acceptable options .

We must ALSO recall that the dynamic team of 2008/2009 has only Stevie G left(Reina may leave apparently).

SOME, YES SOME trophies will be the least reward that we can offer to the Last of the Mohicans and WHY NOT THE EPL THIS TIME, WHY NOT!!! He DESERVES IT!

Teeth said...

He is a great player and i would love to see him at CFC ,however we already have the two most hated players in the UK with Terry and Cole and i just cannot see us adding another player that would just put the icing on the cake in making us the most despised team in the UK .
Depending on who you all hate more the addition of Suarez would really help us cause problems for the Mancs .
Regardless the story was leaked to Spainsh press by Suarez agent to try and get some movement from Real so no chance this will happen .

Zanatos said...

I fit happened I would be extremely angry and tbh stop backing FSG. However it wont happen. I honestly think the Arsenal rumour is purely a thing done by skybet to get loads of free media coverage, aka free adverting, which has worked perfectly. I`m sure both Arsenal and Chelsea would love to have him at there club, so would understand a bid. I don`t buy them not wanting him cause he is trouble as other than us no other top clubs seem to care about that sort of thing, which is prob why they do better than us. I mean Terry has caused no end of trouble for Chelsea, but do Chelsea look fussed? nope.


The other possible cause is that maybe Arsenal want Madrid to think they might go for a different player, so they lower Higurians price. I know that Madrid seem to want more than Arsenal want to pay. Bidding, or looking like you are bidding (rumour) might make Madrid think hang on we might not get the sale we want here, lets meet in the middle more with the price rather than be stuck with a player we dont want and dont want to be here.

Nei1y said...

Who, cares? Its been embarrising, ever since the first incident, with evra. It got to the stage, where fans were treating him as bigger than the club.Get 40 million and let him go. I argued spurs show more ambition and was set upon. But paulinho is an established brazil international. If Liverpool get a marquee signing, il eat my words. Unless its with Suarez's transfer money, then its only reinvesting. 2 million net spend so far doesn't impress. You here about record sponsor deals and tv money etc. That should be reinvested, into the first team. If spurs can spend big so can we.

fraquar said...

No problem with them selling him for the right price to any Premiership club - though I almost choked on a chicken bone at the thought of Wenger spending 40 million on anyone.

OriginalChan said...

True but I don't see us being their competition with Suarez, as it we are light-years away from them. I've given up hope of being near them for the next several years, unless we get silly financial backing (or play the long waiting game like Arsenal but that is still several years). Two decades of almost nothing has done that to me, the so-called pessimism :(

OriginalChan said...

I thought it was strange that FSG would go up to that much for such a player.

xxcell2010 said...

Arsenal, no definitely, that's because they will never pay such silly money for LS or anyone. Arsene Wenger is too smart for that. Chelsea, no problem selling to them, as long they pay somewhat the same as they paid for Torres. No one is indispensable and every man has a price. So we should sell LS to anyone that pays the right price. It make perfect business sense and sounds perfectly fine to me. Of course if LS really wants to leave, put in a transfer request before bitching about another club publicly.

Personally, I would very much want to take Chelsea, Man Utd and Man City as rivals, like before. But a matter of fact, they are not, at least for now. So I don't exactly care if LS is being sold to any of these clubs. I only know that we need more money for continual strengthening of the squad and selling LS can raise a lot of it for that. I firmly believe with the present set of players minus LS, we still have enough raw quality to qualify for the Champions League again, of course with addition of quality new players, we'll have even better chance of doing so.

gbole said...

hold on..am confused i thought suarez wants to leave england cos of his family?????errr where is this from

Gabzz said...

Okocha's post contains absolutely nothing that supports what u actually said. He states his own personal opinion on Nicol's punditry and you come out with something completely off topic.

BEAST said...

Most of what you said i agree with.LIVERPOOL are no longer top of the food chain but we get the opportunity to pick which club feasts on our carcass (players who want out) if that makes sense.I would pick a foreign Lion to snap up SUAREZ over a domestic Hyena.
FSG are following the ARSENAL model like you stated.A painstakingly long process that will drive some fans crazy.The one thing that halts progress when using this organic policy is selling the clubs best players to teams above you in the league every season.

Farasat said...

I think he will not go to either of the English club. Liverpool is his first choice club in England but he does not want to remain in England because of the treatment he has received especially over the last year. He has been labelled a Racist and cheater. He wasn't handed player of the year award because of his proposed character.

2Jay said...

I am also a little confused. As I understand from Suarez, he wants to leave England because of the press and for his family's sake. I doubt Arsene would want him and Mourinho's character is too strong for Suarez. But, if they pay top premium price for Suarez, why not.


Not forgetting also that he may not shine at Arsenal or Chelsea or even Real Madrid like Torres case. At Liverpool, Suarez like Torres is the focal point of most plays because we do not have good depth in the squad. At the other 3 clubs, they have a good strong squad with depth on the bench. So, Suarez can be rotated in and out easily.

Stuart Campbell said...

As a Liverpool fan I find talking about Chelsea the way you have is a case of pot and kettle. we've a long way to go before we can take the morale high ground. Yep OK i'm off to support manu now.

nick1811 said...

So hang on a second. The media says he wants to leave because of issues with specifically the english press, yet they spark rumours about Suarez going to another English club? Why would he go to london- the melting pot of the morally bankrupt English media?

OriginalChan said...

Be interesting to see whether Arsenal reduce the amount of best players leaving the club (Toure, Nasri, Cesc, RVP, etc), with the stadium paid off (or almost). Financially, they are in a great position, for a club of their ilk.

BEAST said...

I think signing GONZALO HIGUAIN will be a huge statement of intent because I'm guessing that transfer will smash their record outlay.It will set alarm bells ringing to rivals that the shackles are finally being released.
WENGER has produced great football and regular CL qualification on a shoe string net spend to offset money spent on the EMIRATES.He gets abuse from some ungrateful ARSENAL supporters in return.
They as you highlighted are in a great position to compete long term without the need of a sugar daddy, thanks to excellent management.They also have some Russian billionaire on the board trying to get full control. (Nice to have that option)
ARSENAL have to reduce top players leaving simply because they're running out of quality.JACK WILSHERE and SANTI CAZORLA then your scrapping the barrel.

AndWithSuchSimplicity said...

That's what the media do I'm afraid. The whole Real Madrid rumour was a media w@nkfest that they started because they like to wind LFC fans up. The interview aired in Uruguay was wholly different to the bits our media decided to cherry-pick, where Suarez gave honest answers to leading questions. But they just pick the bits out they want, paint Suarez as a mercenary, turn a number of previously-rational fans against him,and then when it dawns on them that Bale is STILL the marquee signing Real Madrid really want, they start an Arse/Chelski rumour in the hope that will kick-start something. They even report that LFC has given Suarez a "deadline" to conclude the deal, where in reality they have just given him the date to report back to training after the Confederations Cup, the same as for every player who was involved in the comp. Does that mean all the others have transfer deadlines too???

nick1811 said...

Yeah I know. I don't know about everyone else, but leaving the premier league because you don't like the media sounds really absurd to me. It's either a lie, or Suarez needs to re-evaluate himself and just grow a pair. If it's true, wouldn't it occur to Suarez, that if he stuffs up in Spain and gets hammered by the Spanish media, he looks like the biggest idiot in the history of football?

dont care said...

suarez is just a dirty pikey sooner hes gone the better.
most hated man in english football all by his own doing.
dragging lfc through the gutter once more

lombardi said...

BALLISTIC!!!!! I would go Fucking BALLISTIC!!!!!
WTF!!!!!

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