“What you are to do without me I cannot imagine.” – George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion
This sentiment is one I’m sure that will circle in the frustrated heads of Liverpool fans around the world, especially after the revelations last night that Luis Suarez has finally spoken out and stated his desire to leave the Merseyside team.
Suarez claims that his contract states LFC must accept all bids for him over £40m, a deal which they have not honoured in the light of a £40m+£1 bid by Arsenal. When asked about the bid LFC manager Brendan Rodgers, rubbished the claim, saying: “We have received a few offers but nothing near his value, why would we sell one of the best players in the world, to one of our rivals for less than he’s worth.”
The latest developments mean that it’s hard to say whether or not Liverpool is a team in turmoil, transition or tranquillity at the moment.
On one hand all seems well with the squad, the players are training hard and the management are confident that the club will move forward in the coming season, but on the other decline could be on the cards.
Sure the Reds could sell, get the money in the bank and with 3 weeks left until the transfer window slams shut, buy a replacement, but the damage will have been done, are we not in a time when the historical reputation of a club no longer holds much weight, you see for the grandeur of playing for Liverpool, the modern player is driven by money, and that comes from the top.
Now I’m not saying that Liverpool aren’t a top flight side, but they are not at the summit, the gap between the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea looks far too big to bridge this season, and so that all important battle for fourth spot, is vital, with LFC, Arsenal and Tottenham looking to be the principles, you can see why Brendan Rodgers does not want to sell to the Gunners.
But the one question I ask, is, why not better to just sell him?
He doesn’t want to play for the team and sure he has a value but why get into a lengthy contract wrangle, where the Premier League will get involved and risk losing him with only 3 day left of the transfer window instead of 3 weeks.
I mean, what are Liverpool to do without him………… I cannot imagine?
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