Luis Suarez could be set to miss the rest of the season for Barcelona.
The Uruguay international started for Barca in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final against Atletico Madrid, which saw them lose 3-2. He completed the full 90 minutes.
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However, it has now been confirmed that he will miss four months of football following knee surgery. An announcement on Barcelona’s official website said: “The first team player, Luis Suarez, has been operated on this Sunday by Dr. Ramon Cugat, who used keyhole surgery to resolve an injury to the external meniscus of the right knee by performing a suture. The Uruguayan striker will be out for approximately four months.”
This could very well be good news for Liverpool. The Reds have been linked with Ousmane Dembele during this transfer window, with reports suggesting that due to Jurgen Klopp’s interest in the winger, the La Liga outfit may have been willing to let him go €100m (£85.7m).
Now, though, he is surely unlikely to depart because of Suarez’s lengthy spell on the sidelines. Barcelona have spent much of this season using a 4-3-3 formation, therefore using three forwards in each attacking match. The absence of the former Liverpool man could see Antoine Griezmann move to a striker’s role, meaning that Ansu Fati and Dembele are the only options available on the left flank.
As such, Ernesto Valverde cannot afford to let one of his few remaining options leave. Whilst that may appear to be a blow to Liverpool, it is actually a blessing in disguise. This now means that they will miss out on a player who could very well be a disruptive influence on his team – he is said to have been consistently late to training whilst also struggling with a video game addiction.
Klopp has put together a side that has a strong team mentality at its core, and that is unlikely to be something that the 52-year-old will want to disrupt. The France international may have talent – in his final season with Borussia Dortmund, he had eight goals and 21 assists in all competitions – but that may just not be enough at Anfield. Inadvertently, Suarez may just have done his former club a favour.
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