As a deal to take controversial striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona looks increasingly likely to materialise, rumours surrounding the future of Chilean Alexis Sanchez are also appearing thick and fast.
It has been widely reported throughout the media that the Catalan club are prepared to offer Sanchez to Liverpool as part of the deal to bring Suarez to the Camp Nou.
While the loss of Suarez’s services would obviously be a huge blow the Anfield side, the addition of Sanchez could not only sweeten the deal, but could also hugely benefit Bredan Rodgers’ side.
Here are five things that the Barcelona man would bring to the Premier League.
While Sanchez is regarded as a striker, he has also been utilised as a wide man during his time in Spain. The 25-year-old is well known for his lightning fast pace, and he could provide cover for the likes of Raheem Sterling or Philippe Coutinho should they become injured, or if Rodgers’ simply fancies reshuffling his pack. It is even possible for him to play the number 10 role should new signing Adam Lallana fail to impress or suffer an injury.
As previously mentioned, it is well known that Sanchez possesses deadly pace and this would add to Liverpool’s already rapid strike force. Sturridge, Coutinho and Sterling devastated defences with their pace last season, and new addition Lallana is no slouch either. Add Sanchez to the equation and most defences will not be able to catch their breath in trying to keep on the coat tails of this potential line up.
Suarez would leave a devastating hole in Liverpool’s front line. He scored a massive 31 Premier League goals last season, even after missing the first six games following his second career ban for biting. Sanchez has proven at a high level that he is capable of scoring goals, having notched up 19 goals for Barcelona last season despite starting most matches on the bench. He has also chipped in with 24 in 74 international appearances for Chile and has impressed at this year’s World Cup scoring two goals.
Not only did Suarez score a lot of goals, he was the mastermind of many more of Liverpool’s 101 goals and his partnership with Daniel Sturridge was one of the best the Premier League has ever seen. Suarez’s creativity would be another huge miss at Anfield, but Sanchez would be able to fill that void. He would add even more flair to an already formidable front line of Sturridge, Sterling, Lallana and Coutinho and would surely see some more entertaining football played next season.
Although he is only 25-years-old, Sanchez has a huge amount of experience under his belt already. His time at the World Cup this year will undoubtedly help him develop further, but what may be particularly attractive to Liverpool is that he has played in the Champions League for many seasons. With The Reds venturing into Europe for the first time in four years, they will need to have a bigger, more experienced squad to deal with the added demands of European football, as well as competing in three domestic competitions as well.
The prospect of Sanchez becoming a Liverpool player is really exciting fans on Merseyside, but reports are now emerging of Arsenal trying to sabotage Liverpool’s plans to bring him to Anfield.