Suarez picked up a knee injury during the Reds final game of the season – a 2-1 win over Newcastle United – and the Uruguay national team have deemed it serious enough for the man who scored 31 goals for Liverpool last season to have keyhole surgery on the problem.
As a result he is expected to miss his country’s first match at the World Cup against Costa Rica on June 14th, but could return for the clash with England five days later.
Savage cites a similar problem that occurred with Fernando Torres prior to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and suggests that the Spaniard wasn’t the same player afterwards after failing to hit the scoring heights he did at Liverpool.
The Match of the Day pundit wrote in his Daily Mirror column: “If it’s just keyhole surgery to clean out a bit of debris floating in the joint, Suarez could be fit again within two weeks.
“But Liverpool supporters will be worried because Fernando Torres had a knee op before the World Cup four years ago.
“Torres made it to South Africa and Spain won the tournament, but he struggled. And he has never been the same player since.”
Liverpool fans will be hoping that when Suarez returns from his injury he will be as fit as he can be instead of putting himself at risk. However, the injury that Torres sustained involved a longer spell on the sidelines than the timescale projected for the Uruguayan.