Steven Gerrard has revealed he would be quite happy to see his Liverpool teammate side-lined for the first two matches of this summer’s World Cup.
The Uruguayan striker suffered a knee injury during the Reds’ final league game of the season, and has since undergone an operation to fix the problem. And while his country’s fans will be keeping their fingers crossed that he is fit for the start of the tournament, Gerrard feels otherwise.
In quotes published by Sky Sports, the Liverpool captain said, “From a really selfish point of view it would really help England if he was not available, of course it would.
“I know him personally and I wish him well. I just hope he’s fit as soon as possible and certainly for when we go back with Liverpool.
“The final group game and then Liverpool will be fine.”
It is an understandable but bold statement from Gerrard, to openly admit that he hopes Suarez remains on the side-lines for a little while to come.
England face Uruguay in their second group match on 19 June and they will know they have a much better chance of winning if arguably the world’s most in-form player is not on the pitch.
But if he is ultimately available, Gerrard and co will just have to deal with it. After all, Brendan Rodgers’ skipper will have come up against Suarez plenty in training so will know what to expect. But then, perhaps that is the problem…