There was pandemonium in the press and even the Prime Minister David Cameron waded in. But while Liverpool were busy apologizing in damage control mode over their latest Luis Suarez-related public relations nightmare, the Uruguayan striker was perhaps having a little chuckle to himself.
Flash-forward to July and the transfer window has officially opened, Brendan Rodgers has been spending some money on new additions but the main story remains Luis Suarez.
The 26-year-old is no stranger to controversy but it seems he’s had his fill of the English media who he has implied have made his stay on Merseyside somewhat untenable – he’s admitted he wouldn’t mind moving abroad to Spain with Real Madrid reportedly hot on his heels.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are suddenly linked with a £30 million bid for him and whilst I highly doubt that will ever go through, the Reds’ striker has hinted he’s flattered by the Gunners’ supposed interest in him.
Back to the biting incident – it’s well documented that it’s not the first time he’s bitten an opponent. Suarez earned himself a seven-match ban at former club Ajax for biting PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal’s shoulder back in 2010 and he never played for the Dutch side again after that.
During his suspension period Suarez was in talks with other European clubs and in January 2011, Ajax accepted a £22.8 million bid for him and, effectively, shipped him off to England.
It’s a very strange way of going about engineering a move and we doubt he did it on purpose but, in a strange way, it actually seems to be working out remarkably well for him. I doubt he cares all that much about whether it embarrasses the club and the fans or whether it upsets people or whether it damages his reputation – if he moves to Real Madrid, just for example, he’ll likely be able to demand higher wages and play Champions League football at one of the most glamorous and successful teams on the continent.
It looks increasingly likely that Luis Suarez will depart from Anfield this summer and I wouldn’t be surprised if the striker had that in mind all along. After all, it worked before.