First and foremost, no player is bigger than Liverpool football club, one of the biggest and most historic institutions that exist in English football.
It’s for that very reason that Brendan Rodgers may have to sometimes go against what he really feels, as demonstrated by the fall out effect following Luis Suarez’s nibble on Branislav Ivanovic yesterday.
I, and I’m sure plenty of others, don’t believe for a second that Rodgers really feels that Suarez is a replaceable player so the confirmation from Ian Ayre, Liverpool’s managing director, that he will be staying at the club should be welcome news.
For whatever reason that Suarez behaves the way he does and does the things he does, there is no dancing around the fact that he’s an awesome football player and probably up there within the top five players in the world at the moment.
He is by far the most effective striker that Liverpool have, someone who scores goals for fun against the big teams and someone who it would be impossible for the side to replace if they let him go.
The sharks have been sniffing around Liverpool for pretty much most of the season, with mega money bids for Suarez being reported on almost a daily basis with Juventus and Bayern Munich the two clubs interested in snapping him up.
The only reason Rodgers made these claims following the ‘bite-gate’ incident is because he’s the manager and has to be seen making the right comments, but what he really feels is likely to be substantially different.
Suarez has rightly said sorry to Rodgers, which is significant because he put his boss in a similar situation to what Kenny Dalglish was forced to routinely deal with, with the Scot much more likely and willing to say what he really felt.
That reflected on Dalglish negatively and ultimately was a contributing factor in the owners’ decision to move him on from his role as the manager of the team.
That decision to move Suarez on is ultimately something which Rodgers has a little bit of control over and the job the striker has done for him this season, would make it difficult for him to sanction any sort of sale.
The only possible reason he’d commission the sale of his best striker is either him getting overruled by John Henry in the whole affair or if his own position became threatened by sticking up for Suarez.
Neither of those things look anything like close to happening, which means most importantly, Suarez won’t be going anywhere and regardless of what anyone says, they would not be able to replace him.
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