Barnes: Flush Lu out of Kop now!

Midweek Sport - - SPORTS - By BEN LLOYD

LIVER­POOL should cash in on Luis Suarez NOW, ac­cord­ing to An­field le­gend John Barnes.

Suarez is at log­ger­heads with the club as he tries to force through a move to Arse­nal.

The Uruguayan front­man, 26, be­lieves the Gun­ners’ of­fer of £40,000,001 trig­gers a re­lease clause in his con­tract and he is set to bat­tle with the Reds to prove it.

Liver­pool claim they only have to in­form him of Arse­nal’s in­ter­est at that price. Even though Suarez still has six games of his 10-match ban for bit­ing Branislav Ivanovic to serve, the scrap for his sig­na­ture is over­shad­ow­ing their pre-sea­son.

In Jan­uary 2011, Liver­pool flogged Fer­nando Tor­res on dead­line day and ended up wast­ing £35mil­lion on Andy Car­roll. Barnes wants to avoid a re­peat of that and be­lieves the Kop gi­ants should sell now.

And he thinks it would be wrong to as­sume that Suarez will con­tinue to give his all if he is de­nied a move to Lon­don.

He said: “We’ve seen in the past, when trans­fers go down to the last minute, that it doesn’t help any­body – es­pe­cially for a club like Liver­pool who, if they lose Suarez, would have to find a big-name re­place­ment.

“I’d like it to be done sooner rather than later be­cause if it goes down to the last day, and you then have to get some­body in, it’s not ideal.

“As far as Suarez is con­cerned, if he is not go­ing to be happy then he has to go.

“We can all say, ‘Yes, we think Suarez is go­ing to be a player like Car­los Tevez who gives 100 per cent no mat­ter what’.

“But we don’t know what his men­tal state is go­ing to be if he doesn’t get his wish.”


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