Liverpool news: John Barnes backs Luis Suarez free transfer move

John Barnes would love to see Luis Suarez back at Anfield (Picture: Getty Images)

John Barnes wants to see Luis Suarez return to Liverpool this summer if the Reds can snap him up on a free transfer and the veteran striker would be happy to play a bit-part role at Anfield.

Suarez has had an impressive first season with Atletico Madrid, scoring 19 La Liga goals in 29 games and the team topping the table with just four games to play.

The 34-year-old is under contract with Atletico until 2022, but Marca have reported that he has a clause in his contract allowing him to leave for free at the end of the current season.

Barnes believes that Liverpool should make the most of this opportunity and look to bring him back to the Premier League.

‘If they could get Luis on a free transfer that’d be ideal but it’ll come down to whether Luis says he wants to play every week or he’ll be happy to move across and be part of the squad. But, because of his age, I don’t think he could expect to be playing every week,’ Barnes told Goal/BonusCodeBets.

‘The tricky things with these type of transfers is that you have to be pretty certain that the player in question isn’t going to upset things.

‘Liverpool needs to recreate their team spirit and togetherness and, in order to do so, the players need to be happy with where they are and level of play. If Luis can do this, then great – get him on board.’

Suarez is reportedly very happy in the Spanish capital and a return to Liverpool is certainly not a probability this summer.

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Suarez has had an impressive season with Atletico Madrid (Picture: Getty Images)

The Reds will be investing after something of a disastrous season, though, with Leeds United winger Raphinha talked up as a transfer target.

Barnes would like to see that move made, even more so than the return of Suarez, but thinks that top of the to-do list is getting their injured defensive stars back into the fold.

‘To sign Raphinha would be great,’ he said. ‘But, more importantly, we need to get [Virgil] van Dijk and [Joe] Gomez back, and to then have someone creative such as Raphinha that will help us a lot; perhaps even more so than having Luis back at the team.’

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