Fri 07 May 2021 | 18:23

Taking back Suarez on a free would be ideal - Liverpool legend Barnes

Although the Reds legend John Barnes thinks bringing in Suarez at Liverpool on a free transfer is an ideal option for the club, he believes another number nine should not be the club’s top priority.



John Barnes

believes taking

Luis Suarez

back to Anfield on a free transfer is an ideal option for Jurgen Klopp.


Atletico Madrid

striker has spent the last seven years in Spain after moving to Barcelona from Liverpool in 2014.

During his time at Anfield, he has been able to score 82 goals through 133 appearances which made him a firm fans’ favorite.

Barnes told



"If they could get Luis on a free transfer that’d be ideal but it’ll come down to whether Luis says he wants to play every week or he’ll be happy to move across and be part of the squad. But, because of his age, I don’t think he could expect to be playing every week.

"The tricky things with these types of transfers is that you have to be pretty certain that the player in question isn’t going to upset things.

"Liverpool needs to recreate their team spirit and togetherness and, in order to do so, the players need to be happy with where they are and level of play. If Luis can do this, then great - get him on board.

"As a player, I think he's always given 100 percent, and he's a decent enough character in terms of trying all the time without being disruptive. So, yeah, that wouldn't be a bad move for Liverpool.

"And I’m sure the fans would absolutely love to get Luis back and I do wonder if they may kick off if they feel that he isn’t getting enough airtime!”

Although there have been exit talks about the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, should signing another striker be the Reds’ priority over signing another creative wideman?

Barnes answers:

"To be honest, to get another proven goalscorer to Liverpool, in my view, won’t make much difference to the team apart from bringing in some fresh blood.

"All that’ll happen is that players such as Salah won’t score the same level of goals as it’ll be split amongst more players.

"And at the end of the day, scoring goals hasn’t been Liverpool's problem this season in terms of winning matches - as they have scored plenty of goals. The issues have been with the defensive play. And, as we know, in order to win matches we need both to run seamlessly.

"As with so many other teams, we always seem to focus on signing players who either score the goals or create the opportunities instead of focusing on getting the defense right and solid. And that’s Liverpool's problem!

"So yes, to sign Raphinha would be great. But, more importantly, we need to get [Virgil] van Dijk and [Joe] Gomez back, and to then have someone creative such as Raphinha that will help us a lot; perhaps even more so than having Luis back at the team."

source: SportMob

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