Hamann: €71m not enough for Suarez

The 40-year-old does not expect the Uruguay international to leave in the January window but has warned Liverpool he could quit if they do not secure Champions League football

By Richard Parry

Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann feels €71.5 million is not enough to prise striker Luis Suarez away from Anfield.

Real Madrid are preparing a January move for the Uruguay international and are willing pay over €70m to capture the forward.

However Hamann, who spent seven years at Anfield, feels Suarez is worth far more, particularly after his impressive form this season that has seen him net 13 goals in nine outings.

“No, absolutely it’s not enough,” he told Goal when asked if €70m was a fair figure. “I think €65-70m was the figure they would have wanted at least in the summer, and you see how he’s playing now, I don’t think €70m would be enough.”

The former Germany international also believes the striker is content at Anfield but has warned his former club he could leave if they do not secure a top-four finish this season.

“Well he seems to be happy. You can’t play that kind of football [performance against Norwich] if you’re not happy, so he’s seems very happy to be where he is at the moment,” he added.

“I don’t think he’ll leave in January – I don’t think that’s an option – Liverpool have to keep him if they want to finish it in the top four. But that remains to be seen.

“If they don’t finish in the top four then there might be a chance for him to leave. He’s given his service now, done his utmost to get Liverpool into the top four and unfortunately they haven’t managed it so far.

“If they don’t [qualify for the Champions League] then I think it’s a similar situation [to last summer].

“It would take a ridiculous bid, and then there might be a chance he’d leave. I don’t think you can blame the boy.

“If he wants to leave in June, if he wants to play in the Champions League – and Liverpool weren’t to finish there – then I think there’s a chance he will leave.”

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