Suarez in December: 'I want to stay at Liverpool for a very long time'

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Luis Suarez says he wants to leave Liverpool, potentially to join Arsenal, but his stance is very different to the one he stated just nine months ago.

Luis Suarez has pushed the trigger on his plan to exit Liverpool, by speaking publicly for the first time about his desire to force a move.

In an interview last night he stated: "Last year I had the opportunity to move to a big European club and I stayed on the understanding that if we failed to qualify for the Champions League the following season I'd be allowed to go.

"I gave absolutely everything last season but it was not enough to give us a top-four finish – now all I want is for Liverpool to honour our agreement."

It's quite a change in stance from the quotes he gave to the Mail on Sunday back in December.

Here is a look at what he had to say:

"‘All I can say is that my head is here now and for many years to come. My dream and desire is to play in the Champions League and achieve big things with Liverpool, because they’re the club I wanted to play for, and now that I’m here, I want to stay for a long time.’

"We hope that over time, we can take Liverpool back to where they belong’.

"He may need some patience for that. ‘Just like I waited to play in the Champions League with Ajax and I had that chance, now I hope the same thing happens with Liverpool."

Nobody is questioning that he does indeed want to move on from Liverpool for the sake of his career at present - whether Arsenal is the right move or not, but perhaps he should not have strung Liverpool supporters along so publicly.

Suarez it should not be forgot signed a new contract with Liverpool just 12 months ago, boosting his own salary but also extending the length of his Liverpool deal.

Despite an apparent show of patience in December, he has displayed he has run out of it already. But with Liverpool publicly adamant that he will not be sold, via owner, managing director and manager - this one is likely to drag on and on.

What do you make of Suarez' u-turn?

 

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