Jamie Carragher has warned the club not to get into a more difficult situation than the present one with wantaway striker Luis Suarez.
Carragher, who retired last month, believes there are some similarities between Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez in terms of desire to depart Anfield – but he also sees differences between the two frontmen.
The former Anfield defender, now Sky Sports pundit, believes that Suarez would not sulk like Torres were he denied a move this Summer and he believes he would continue to work for the team should he remain next season – and gain forgiveness from the terraces in the process.
Fernando Torres is not a popular man among most Reds after he was perceived to sulk and pout after not getting a move in the Summer of 2010, before he forced a move to Chelsea in January 2011.
“The thing about keeping unhappy players is an issue because we had that experience with Torres… and keeping him definitely wasn’t the right thing to do,” argued Carragher.
“Torres wasn’t the same player for about 18 months. He gave the impression of having downed tools – and that’s certainly what you don’t want.
“I do believe that Suarez is a slightly different character to Fernando Torres.
“There were times, I believe, Torres wasn’t giving his best on the pitch for Liverpool and that is why it was a mistake to keep him.
“I don’t think that will happen with Suarez, simply because of the player he is. But it is something you must be aware of.
“Obviously, it is a difficult situation if a player has had his head turned, but someone at the club would have to deal with it.”
Carragher accepts that Suarez has had his head turned by interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid, but he also feels that the striker cannot be blamed for this – and he thinks the club have been well aware for some time that interest would surface this Summer.
“Luis is one of the best players in the world and, when Real Madrid come calling, it will obviously turn a player’s head – he’s obviously had his head turned, but which player wouldn’t?” added Carragher.
“Liverpool would have known they were always going to be in this situation, with other clubs calling for Luis Suarez this summer.
“If you were honest, Luis Suarez is playing in a team that finished seventh in the Premier League, but he is one of the best players in the world.
“It would be pretty naive to think that no club would be interested in him. Madrid are probably the most famous club in world football – and, let’s not forget, they took Cristiano Ronaldo from a Manchester United side that had just been in the Champions League final.”
Carragher believes that the club are in a strong bargaining position should they ultimately decide to sell their star man.
“Liverpool just can’t roll over and accept Luis Suarez will leave, but if he goes, they must get top dollar for him.
“If he was to be sold, it would be up to the club to make sure that the money was spent in the right way, after maybe not doing that after Torres went.
“They have to be decisive. They either wait for a bid they think is acceptable or they decide to keep him because he is Liverpool’s best player and they want to build a team around him.
“Whichever way, they need to act. If you lose a player late, it’s very hard to replace him at that stage of the window.
“I think the club has learned from the fiasco of the transfer deadline day last season and they won’t be caught in that situation again.”