The Uruguayan talks about loyalty, but he still owes Liverpool
He has done everything he can bar submit a transfer request, if it wasn’t clear that Luis Suarez no longer wishes to remain at Anfield before last night, then it certainly is now.
There have been many times when Liverpool Football Club have been accused by its fan base in recent years for not having enough guts in situations like this, that they have sometimes been seen as a pushover, though on this issue it is hard to see them doing anything wrong.
Though one hopes the club wasn’t as stupid to put into the player’s contract that he could leave if Liverpool didn’t achieve Champions League football. It sounds like all he has is a non-enforceable verbal agreement.
It doesn’t take the best part of two and half months to announce to the world’s media to say that you would like to leave your current club. It doesn’t even take as long as it does to pen an article of this length than it does to submit a transfer request, so what is stopping the fans’ favourite Uruguayan from putting it down in black and white to make it officially known that he feels his time is up on Merseyside?
In his latest interview to the press – who he once claimed was the main reason for him wanting to leave Anfield – he says that he has been loyal to Liverpool by turning down a move to a Champions League club, believed to be Juventus, last summer, who in truth could not even afford him last year anyway - illustrated by the fact their main striker signing a year ago was Nicklas Bendtner on loan.
Liverpool – whether you think rightly or wrongly – have stuck by Suarez through thin, and, er, thin!
Support for him during his ban for racial abuse and then biting an opponent is loyalty, perhaps through tinted glasses, no-one can say that Liverpool haven’t tried to move heaven and earth to keep Luis Suarez happy and comfortable on Merseyside.
It is understandable that a player of his calibre would like to move for Champions League football – and I think if he said that from the outset then people would be prepared to cut him some slack. Liverpool are not in that competition, and there are players that probably don’t have the ability that Suarez possesses who are.
But Suarez owes Liverpool – at least the 19 domestic competitive games that he has been banned for since his time at the club, bans which were easily preventable and picked up through sheer stupidity. Though his other ban, for showing a hand gesture to opposition fans, is not something new and several other players have done it.
Nothing has changed as far as Liverpool should be concerned, he has just repeated it to the British press what he has been saying in South America.
The PFA have said they will look into the claims that Suarez has a written agreement in his contract – though one would think that with Liverpool’s stance, nothing will come of it. And if he does stay, then let’s hope there is as little disruption in the dressing room as possible, which will surely be Brendan Rodgers' biggest managerial test at the club to date.
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