Both parties insist that amicability has been maintained in Liverpool and Barcelona’s natters over the transfer of Luis Suarez, which is surprising considering the Spanish club are trying prise away the Reds’ only world-class asset.
The Merseysiders’ crack negotiation unit have been locked in discussion with their Catalan counterparts and are refusing to lower their £80m valuation of the mercurial Uruguayan.
Blaugrana hope to bring the price down by throwing Alexis Sanchez into the deal, but Liverpool shouldn’t stop there.
Some silver-tongued chitchat could see the Reds fill a few blanks in their squad if they’re prepared to engage the Barcelona bargaining delegation in a market-stall style haggle-off.
Without Suarez, few would be willing to back Liverpool to land a maiden Premier League crown at 8/1, so they’ll need to make sure they maximise their money’s worth when flogging their talisman.
We all know about their desires to land Sanchez, but here are three more sons of the Camp Nou last season’s runners-up should be trying to procure:
Why get one winger when you can have two?
Sanchez is a player who, like Suarez, utilises a low centre of gravity to weave through tight spaces, whereas La Masia alumni Tello gets by on searing pace.
Fewer attacks around the world would be able to rival a front three of the young Spaniard, his Chilean teammate and Daniel Sturridge for speed, trickery and finishing prowess.
The Cameroonian failed to shroud himself in glory at the World Cup, but he’s a seasoned Premier League holding-midfielder and Lucas Leiva is the only member of the current Reds crop who majors in the art of defence screening.
A lack of protection from those stationed directly in front of their back four is one key reason why Liverpool shipped so many goals last term and improving in this area is vital ahead of their Champions League return.
It’s worth asking about Lionel Messi, but if that’s a no-go, Liverpool should push for odd-job man Adriano.
The Brazilian jack of numerable trades can quench their craving for a new left-back, while he can fill in anywhere across the backline and middle band in the event of an injury emergency.