What that plan exactly is, is a little unclear at the moment but Rodgers seems to have given a massive hint that his star striker won’t be leaving the club this summer.
There has been speculation on a daily basis that Suarez will just leave the English game, as once this ban is completed, he would have been banned for 18 matches over two different incidents.
Few would blame him if he felt the alienation was strong enough to force him out of the Premier League but Liverpool seem to be sticking by their man yet again, because he is simply that important to their cause.
“We move on from that, we don’t want to keep bringing it up. He is suspended for 10 games - and there is a plan,” Rodgers told the Daily Post.
That plan seems to be some sort of fitness regime which will allow Suarez to stay in peak shape from now right up until the time he is available for the club again.
It’s not some deceitful plan aimed at getting Suarez out of the club in the summer for mega money. Rodgers has found himself in a very difficult situation and he must be praised for quickly trying to find a solution to it.
Suarez is not banned for participating in training and practice matches which take place at Melwood, Liverpool’s training ground, so he’s still going to be putting in a lot of physical effort and exercise during his ban.
The only problem for Liverpool is that this is nothing like the situations players face in a professional match.
A player can train for hours but it’s no substitute for a real match experience, where the variables and the pressures generated are drastically different to the controlled environment of a training pitch.
The whole saga is going to open up the debate of who is more important next season; Suarez or Liverpool?
There have been plenty of calls from within the football community for him to be sacked, benched, left in the stands or any other form of punishment that you can think of.
However, Liverpool don’t have any other players who are real power houses of the game, not many other players who could literally generate a monster of a transfer fee.
Rodgers is protecting his clubs interested with a sensible plan, aimed at getting the club’s best striker fit and able to come back as soon as possible. I don’t think there is anything wrong with that.
What do you make of Rodgers’ plan?
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