Ex-Liverpool man doing his club a favour at Real Madrid

Alvaro Arbeloa is fully behind teammate Karim Benzema, whose fate could have implications for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.

Real Madrid can't really help it, but they tend to lurch from one sort of mini-crisis to a full-scale one with not a moment's calm inbetween.

Perhaps you can't blame the local media and fans, who have sky-high expectations from a club who have the two most expensive footballers in the world playing for them.

The latest controversy surrounds striker Karim Benzema, who has failed to find the net for three La Liga games.

And when it comes to Real Madrid; that's a crisis.

The French international striker was jeered before the 4-1 win over Getafe at the weekend, during the match as he missed two clear sitters and very much so as he was substituted off after 80 minutes.

Benzema was claimed by Marca to be 'destroyed' by the reaction, which was condemned by teammate Angel di Maria who provocatively asked why the fans did not get on the back of Spaniard Alvaro Morata who also missed chances.

Amid the booing there was one teammate who was particularly trying to turn the Bernabeu crowd in Benzema's favour; Alvaro Arbeloa.

Footage shows right-back Arbeloa actively encouraging the hostile crowd to clap his teammate rather than jeer the French international striker.

Benzema's future at Real could have direct implications for Arbeloa's former club, Liverpool.

Whether supporters like it or not, signing Luis Suarez either in January or next summer is thought to remain an option for Madrid, despite one of Florentino Perez' untrustworthy denials on player transfers in the New Year earlier this week.

Suarez is along with Falcao, one of two names put forward as striking options- and the fact the Uruguayan is not cup-tied for European competition only makes him more enticing.

The Liverpool man is not publicly discussing his future any longer, having reportedly got his head down after a turbulent summer and very much looking forward to his return from suspension tomorrow night against Manchester United. In January it may be a different matter. 

What Arbeloa is hoping to achieve is for Karim Benzema to stay put at Real Madrid, having been linked with Arsenal in recent months. 

If being booed keeps up then the striker will likely decide his future lies away from the Bernabeu, and those jeering and whistling him will not be disappointed.

This will of course make Madrid's own pursuit of a new forward more likely, so if Arbeloa and co can help quieten the fans, and boost Benzema's confidence and ease him back to form - then Liverpool's grip of Luis Suarez will likely stay secure.

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