Anfield owners look to cut costs.
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Liverpool face the prospect of losing Luis Suarez and Martin Skrtel as the club’s American owners look to introduce a new economic reality to Anfield.
Fenway Sports Group believe that an extended period of austerity is the only way to balance the books following Liverpool’s failure to qualify for the Champions League for a third successive season.
It means the transfer budget will be slashed – a move that won’t impress Suarez and Skrtel when they open talks about new contracts this summer.
Suarez has been targeted by Italian champions Juventus and their rivals AC Milan– and has admitted that he would like to experience life in Italy or Spain – while player-of-the-season Skrtel is wanted by Fiorentina.
Liverpool are planning to offer the pair – and defender Daniel Agger – new deals in a bid to block any foreign interest.
But their chances of keeping Suarez and Skrtel will be hit hard by the revelation that Kenny Dalglish’s successor as manager will be have to agree to work under a tight budget.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
Liverpool fans will be loathed to read this piece from the Daily Mirror and will hope that there is little substance to the assertions it makes. However there is sure to be a backlash to the failure to secure Champions League football coupled with the fact that Kenny Dalglish spent upwards of £120m on new additions during his short Anfield reign. The repercussions of this will undoubtedly have some sort of affect on the manner the club’s American owners choose to proceed.
Whomever takes over at the Merseyside club, they will be hoping for significant funds to bring in the players they feel they need to push the club back towards the top four and in doing so could leave the door open to possible departures but clearly the idea of selling two of the club’s most consistent performers would appear to make little sense in the long term.
Martin Skrtel has been Liverpool’s most dependable centre back for the best part of three seasons and losing the Slovakian would greatly compromise one area of the club’s first team which did actually perform fairly consistently last term. Though they finished eighth last term only Man City and Man United conceded less goals, and that was due in chief to the 27 year old.
Luis Suarez is the club’s only effective attacking weapon and the idea of selling the Uruguayan would surely be mindless, despite what fee Liverpool could garner from his sale. Even in a season overshadowed by a lengthy ban the former Ajax man netted 17 goals.
Therefore any move to tighten the club’s belts should not come at the cost of meeting wage demands of two of the club’s most crucial stars, such a decision would surely only serve to further destabilize a club that is already in a state of crisis.