Rodgers fears Suarez situation could derail Liverpool’s season

The Reds boss is concerned that the continued speculation over the wantaway Uruguayan forward has the ability to impinge upon rest of his squad.

Brendan Rodgers has stated that he will no longer discuss the future of tempestuous forward Luis Suarez until the player is back fit and available for selection in September, following the completion of his current Premier League ban. That is, if he is still at the club.

The transfer saga surrounding Suarez’s future has been palpable this summer, with the will-he, won’t he drama consuming the national press and Liverpool fans’ thoughts. The South American has barracked for a switch to a club playing Champions League football, with Arsenal keen to bring the star to London.

Rodgers has said that he will no longer answer questions about Suarez and the player’s undetermined future, and instead prefers to focus on the club’s efforts to get off to a strong Premier League start.

"There's too much good work gone on here for it to be overtaken by anything else," he said.

"The players have worked so hard, their concentration has been brilliant and we are all very determined this year. I can't let anything detract from that. Nothing can sabotage what we are trying to do.

“I don't really want to go on about it. It's just something we cannot afford to happen.

"There's nothing to be said that hasn't already been said. I'm sure people are fed up listening and reading about it.

“My only concentration is the players who are available. They've worked tirelessly and purely out of respect for them and the work that has gone on, I only want to talk about them."

The truth however is that the Liverpool players will be hard pushed not to think about Suarez and will want to know where the attacker’s future lies. They will want to know if the Uruguayan will be in contention to help them fight their way back into the top four. He is Liverpool’s best player – one of the best in England, and it is only natural that the rest of the squad will yearn to have him back in the team.

A Liverpool team with Suarez in it is much stronger than one without him. The players know it, the fans know it and it is extremely difficult not to focus on the future of a player that can single-handedly change a game for the Merseyside club.

Tottenham and Manchester United face similar situations in their attempts to hold onto in-demand stars Gareth Bale and Wayne Rooney. The Spurs and United squads will both be looking to their managers also to see what lies in store for each team’s respective player.

Rodgers’ comments make sense, but without the situation being determined one way or the other, it is impossible to prevent the impact on the rest of the squad.

image: © dannymol

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch