Three reasons Alexis Sánchez should join Liverpool ahead of Arsenal
Trevor Murray takes a look at three reasons why Alexis Sánchez should join Liverpool ahead of Arsenal
Sánchez can be new figurehead
With the future of Luis Suarez hanging increasingly in the balance after biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, it would be wise for all at Liverpool to continue to trawl the transfer market in search of potential replacements. And with Chile’s Alexis Sánchez having impressed at the World Cup in Brazil as his side fought hard to reach the last-16 – despite finally losing to Brazil on penalties – the Barcelona star would make for a smashing addition to their squad. No doubt, all involved behind the scenes will be hoping that if they do recoup a large fee from the sale of Suarez, they don’t fritter it away on arrivals that dismay more than they delight as Tottenham Hotspur did with the Gareth Bale fee. Pacey, bright and technically gifted, Sánchez has all the hallmarks of a player who could make it big in the Premier League, but more importantly he’s also demonstrated a penchant for playing a massive role in big matches (despite not converting his spot-kick in the shoot-out). Underpinning his raw talent is the fact he plays for a national side that likes to pass the ball, press high and play with an urgent and unrelenting tempo; he already knows how to put his all into matches at the highest level – an attribute Liverpool fans are often associated with appreciating more than any other. And if their infamous Uruguayan striker does decide to take the big-money move abroad, 25-year-old Sánchez possesses the necessary characteristics to pick up the baton. He might just be their catalyst in-waiting.
Finding consistency will come eventually
While both Arsenal and Liverpool might well have struggled in recent years to find the much-desired consistency that clubs at the highest level crave, it’s easy to see why it’s the Reds who look the more likely of the two to finally break their duck. Their agonisingly close shave with silverware in the 2013/14 season put a very bold line under their ‘potential’ column and hinted that they had almost reached maturity; they were very nearly ready to achieve what they had only threatened to do for so long. But with the Kop faithful already seeing some promising talent finding its way through the transfer turnstiles at Anfield, such as Adam Lallana and Emre Can, they can already boast a side who are eager to build on the promising foundations they laid last season. And, no doubt, Sánchez would endow them even further in that department. In truth, Brendan Rodgers’s charges emanated a mentality and a hunger that nobody saw coming last time around, but now that they’ve proven themselves, and are continuing to develop their inner workings, they look far more likely than Arsenal to challenge regularly at the summit right up until May 2015. Arsene Wenger’s men have waned in the closing stages of title battles for some time now and although Liverpool slipped up, too, they did so at the death and disappointingly so. If they can learn from their mistakes, they’ll once again push hard at the top.
Gunners midfield is too saturated
Looking at the north London outfit, it becomes abundantly clear that they possess lots of versatile and quality players who can play in a whole host of varying positions. And if they splurged a few extra million on Sánchez, he’d be yet another. Usually a right-winger, the la Roja player would face stiff competition from fellow wide man, Theo Walcott (once he recovers from injury). And he’d also have to contend with the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ryo Miyaichi for game-time as they can also play on the right wing. Meanwhile, the adaptability that would enable him to play in the hole behind the striker would have less relevance due to the return of Costa Rica star Joel Campbell as well as the presence of first-team regulars Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski. Simply put, their midfield is already far too saturated with high-end, like-minded players. If anything, Arsenal need to invest in a right-back and an all-out goal-getter in stead. In the end, Liverpool’s strength in attempting to lure the wantaway Barca man comes in their weakness; while they have a large number of midfielders, they don’t have enough quality in that department at the moment, and Sanchez could herald the beginning of that renaissance. The likes of Iago Aspas and Phillipe Coutinho still have plenty to offer their fans, but a proven talent like Sanchez certainly won’t be sniffed at by a club desperate to end their top-flight trophy drought.