How Lucas could be key in keeping Suarez at Liverpool

Lucas Leiva

If Luis Suarez stays at Liverpool for next season, the club has a lot to thank Lucas for.

The Brazilian has spoken of how he’s been with and around Luis Suarez every day since the FA announced that he would be banned from playing over the next ten games for the club.

Suarez doesn’t seem to be an individual with many friends in English football outside of Liverpool and some of his teammates may have even swayed away from him following that bite on Branislav Ivanovic.

Lucas seems to have done a lot of hard work in terms of trying to keep Suarez’s spirits up, which gives Liverpool a better chance of preventing him from turning his back on English football.

When Suarez completes the ten game suspension, it means he would have been banned for 18 games across two separate incidents, going back to the eight match ban he was given following the Patrice Evra affair.

That must be incredibly demoralising for a player who has been rated by many as the best player, and the best striker, in the Premier League this season, despite being overlooked for the recent PFA Player of the Year award.

Plenty of people aren’t going to be surprised if he turns his back on a country that has been less than receptive to him, ever since he played his first Premier League game for Liverpool.

Lucas has done a great job not just keeping his morale up, but also in terms of finding a constructive way for Suarez to approach being out of the game for so long as his ban will overlap two seasons.

Lucas has revealed that he’s urged the forward to sit down and focus on the weaknesses in his game, both on and off the field, so he can get back into the Liverpool team as a better player and person.

Suarez is facing a massive amount of time of, so he needs constructive aims and targets which are going to eat away at that time and keep him focused because next season is going to be huge for Liverpool.

It’s unfortunate for the striker that this ban has been implemented straight away as opposed to coming into effect at the start of next season, as it simply creates a massive block of time where Suarez can’t play.

Lucas has given nothing away over Suarez’s intentions ahead of the summer, but all of the early signs and indications are good if you’re a Liverpool fan.

It’s also the fans that deserve a little bit of credit for continuing to sing Suarez’s name throughout matches, to show that in the eyes of the majority of Liverpool fans, he remains a star player.

Do you see him staying or going?

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