It is rare that you get an owner of a club providing private transport for a player to get from international duty back to their club, this week is an example of one of those rare occasions.
Liverpool principal owner John W Henry is laying on his private jet for Luis Suarez to travel from Montevideo after his side’s World Cup playoff with Jordan to be back on Merseyside at the earliest possible time ahead of Saturday lunchtime’s huge clash with Everton at Goodison Park.
Suarez is due to play at 11pm GMT tomorrow night and his flight back to Merseyside is understood to take around 16 and a half hours.
It is no secret of Liverpool’s good relationship with the Urugayan FA – as it has allowed Suarez to play in the 4-0 win over Fulham, where he managed to grab two of the goals, when normally he will have had to join up with his international colleagues in Jordan by then.
But it does make you wonder if Liverpool will have done this for any other player. Granted the timescale of Suarez playing in the second leg of this playoff is tight, and he will have less time to prepare for the trip across Stanley Park.
It seems to stress the importance of Suarez still has to the Liverpool team, despite the record of the side without him showing they can get by having only registered the one loss during that ten game spell he was suspended for biting.
His record since he returned to the side has been excellent having already scored eight league goals and has joined strike partner Daniel Sturridge and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero at the top of the Premier League scoring charts.
It is good to see the owners doing everything possible for manager Brendan Rodgers to have all of his players available for Saturday’s game. Though it seems clear how important Suarez still is to Liverpool.
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