Harry certainly is a wily old fox.
With his summer spending having been somewhat under the spotlight recently, it comes as no surprise that he is now declaring his feelings over some of the transfers, especially some of those involving Liverpool players, that he now admits he chose not to pursue.
Some would suggest that it’s his way of reminding the FA of his eye for quality and technical ability. But even with the rumours that he will succeed Fabio as England boss after the Euros, it seems unlikely that keeping tabs on foreign players would help him out with the English squad selection in the future; even Harry would struggle to get Suarez an English passport that easily.
Harry has revealed that some of the new Liverpool players, including in form Suarez were on his hit-list but has admitted that Tottenham were simply priced out of the market,
“We looked at Suarez, to be fair. That was a player who we probably should have taken, looking back on it. We just weren’t sure. The fee was £30-odd million and that’s a lot of money.”
Despite regretting losing out on Suarez and a host of English talent to Liverpool, Harry knows that the phenomenal Torres sale drove the Reds to go on such a spending spree,
“That gave them something to work with. They have got wealthy owners and they want to be back where they were – a top four team…
Liverpool is one of the greatest football clubs in the world and they don’t want to be out of the Champions League. They want to be back in there. They have invested trying to do that”.
The former Ajax front man would have been a welcome addition to Harry’s squad and would have given them the tricky awkward player most teams would love to have leading the line,
“We were looking for a target man but I have seen [Suarez] play up on his own and he can do that. He can play anywhere. He can do anything. He is a top-class, fantastic player.”
Suarez performances have been second to none since he joined Liverpool and so far this season he will certainly be attracting the attention of the Premier Leagues big boys and could make the January transfer window an interesting one.
Suarez would certainly have made a difference to the Spurs attack and injected some much needed urgency as he has now proven for Liverpool, however it will remain to be seen if Suarez will eventually become a massive January transfer target for one of the top four clubs and cause as much stir as a certain Luka Modric. That is something Harry would be grateful to have potentially avoided.
Suarez is a proven world class player and will be seeking the high level football that the prestigious Champions League has to offer and it begs the question whether Liverpool can in fact hang on to him anyway?
He is a big time player and if the club fails to show its progression towards Champions League football, then a club that is already involved will certainly snap him up.