Why Everton can sympathise with Liverpool this week

Suarez Free Kick

For Luis Suarez and Liverpool this week, read Everton and Marouane Fellaini last Autumn.

Everton and Liverpool fans won't always see eye to eye, but there is a reason why they could have something in common right now.

Not only are both keen to hang onto star players who are being linked away - Luis Suarez and Marouane Fellaini, but both have endured similarly frustrating experiences over international weeks.

When quotes came out from Luis Suarez on Thursday claiming he would be open to offers from Champions League clubs, they should quite rightly have been treated with suspicion due to the timing.

They originated from an interview given in his native Uruguay, from which words had been slightly altered by way of semantics in the translation to make Suarez's comments sound less diplomatic than they actually were.

Liverpool's managing director Ian Ayres, no doubt rudely awakened by reports and phone calls, took to the radio early on Friday morning to bat down suggestions that Suarez wants to move, explaining that the comments of the star striker had been 'lost in translation'.

A similar event occured regarding Marouane Fellaini back in the Autumn on two occasions. Both happened over international weekend, and involved the Belgian supposedly saying he would be looking to move on at the end of the season.

Now that may yet come to fruition, but David Moyes was equally swift to deny Fellaini's comments as fact, insisting they had been mistranslated.

Whether in both occasions it was entirely true or not, it's hard to say. Moyes did at least provide his player with an easy get-out and allow him to save face with the fans.

The argument of mistranslated quotes is an easy excuse to pull off for worried managers or directors, but it does happen on an all-too regular basis.

Players are interviewed back home in a different language and press agencies translate it and by time the words get slightly altered around by the media over in England, comments can be construed to mean something entirely different.

Stuck in the middle are the players, no doubt upset at how an intended innocent answer can cause a million headlines and a bit of unrest among their club's supporters.

In this situation with Suarez and previously Fellaini, supporters of the two Merseyside clubs will share their frustrations. They aren't the first and they certainly won't be the last.

Will Liverpool and Everton hold onto Suarez and Fellaini?

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