That bite led to a harsh ten match ban from the FA and has sparked various stories and rumours relating to Suarez’s future at Anfield and whether he will turn his back on the club.
He remains the most important player for Liverpool if they are going to push on and secure a top four finish next season and the importance of keeping him has never been greater for Brendan Rodgers.
“I completely lost it. I know I made a mistake in the incident with Ivanovic. It was me, my fault, and he did not do anything to me. I was angry because I had given away a penalty for handball. I was the reason for the penalty against my team,” said Suarez.
On the one had the obvious argument against his defence is that he should be professional enough to keep his cool on the pitch and in the middle of an important game.
Football is a game which sees sledging and verbal abuse between players just as commonly as any other sport so why he lost it in this instance is mystifying.
Plenty of players have given the ball away or made a mistake, which has led to a goal, the way to react to it is to switch back on and get focused on how you can then win your team the game or make up for the error.
On the other hand it’s a positive sign to Liverpool that here is a high profile player they own, filled with passion and someone who obviously cares about the team.
Liverpool could sell Suarez for £40 million and then replace him with four £10 million rated players but there’s no guarantee any of them will have the same passion and commitment levels to the Liverpool cause.
The fact remains that his future does hang in the balance at the moment and it’s not to do with the bite, it’s to do with where Liverpool are in English and European football.
If a big side comes in with a huge offer and Champions League football available, that’s what will take Suarez away from Liverpool but it won’t have anything to do with him wanting to turn his back on the club.
If he does stay at Anfield then he’ll have six matches at the start of next season where he can’t play and when he does return, he has to stay incident free and just do what he does best which is scoring goals.
If he sees the media as a problem or someone who creates anxiety or negativity for him, the best way he can approach that is to not give them an excuse to get on his case all over again.
If they hang onto him then Steven Gerrard and Brendan Rodgers need to go to him, make sure he’s switched on and ensure he’s not going to lose it because every single writer in the country is now looking for an excuse to get on his case.
What do you make of Suarez’s ‘passion’? Do you expect him to leave?
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