The 26-year-old Uruguayan is currently being chased by Arsenal who failed in their attempts to lure him from Anfield with a £40,000,001 bid which, crucially, did not trigger a release clause in his contract with the Merseyside club.
The club, owner John W Henry and manager Brendan Rodgers remain adamant the star striker will not be sold this summer, especially not to a direct rival in the Premier League.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger remains hopeful, however, and stated the club are on standby to see if a ‘respectful’ deal can be hashed out between the two clubs over Suarez.
Suarez came out publicly to state his desire is to play in the Champions League and that he had been given assurances by the club that if they did not qualify for the continent’s most elite competition, he would be allowed to leave this summer.
The club, of course, deny any such agreement – even a gentleman’s one – and though Suarez did not name Arsenal in his interview with two newspapers last week, he has made his position at the club almost untenable.
He is, according to club legend Jamie Carragher this weekend, not training at his full capabilities at present, is withdrawn and uninterested. It’s clear he wants to move on and the club, however desperate they are to keep hold of him, are caught between a rock and very hard place.
If he apologizes for his untimely and unseemly outburst, which embarrassed and disrespected the club that has stood by him throughout numerous controversies in his two years in England, it would amount to a backing down, putting up and shutting up from the player.
His defiance means he remains hopeful of a move – he is not going to put up and shut up until he gets one, by the looks of it. I would imagine if he is still at Anfield on September 2nd when the transfer window slams shut, he may eat his words and be prepared to apologize but until that very second it does not serve him to issue an apology; it serves him to make a bad situation a whole lot worse.
Liverpool fans, can you forgive?