According to latest media reports, Barcelona and Liverpool have started negotiating over the transfer of Luis Suarez.
The 27-year-old signed a long-term contract with the Reds only in December last year and stated just weeks ago that he is happy at Anfield, but recent unsavoury events at the ongoing 2014 World Cup appear to have made it tough for him to return to the Premier League club.
Suarez bit Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder during Uruguay’s final Group D clash against Italy and was subsequently handed a severe punishment by FIFA.
The former Ajax star has been suspended for nine international matches and has been banned from all football-related activities for four months.
This means that Suarez will miss nine Premier League games, three Champions League fixtures and a League Cup tie for Brendan Rodgers’ side, forcing Liverpool to eventually decide to sell the forward.
Liverpool have yet to release an official statement about his departure and Barcelona too have been rather coy, but it has been widely reported that officials of the two clubs have met in London.
Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen has now given his take on the issue and has had his say on whether the five-time European champions should sell their best player.
‘What's the verdict on Liverpool potentially selling their best player to Barcelona?’ the 34-year-old former Manchester United, Newcastle United and Real Madrid forward wrote on Sportlobster.com. ‘I'm torn down the middle.
‘He's let the club down a few times but he's also been different class and letting him go will hinder their chances of going one better next season’.
Owen’s opinion on the matter will be shared by many Liverpool fans. There can be no doubt that Suarez was the best player for the club last season, as he fired them to second place in the Premier League with 31 goals and 12 assists in 33 matches.
However, Suarez’s time at Anfield has been peppered with controversies, and despite his recent public apology for the Chiellini incident and his insistence that he will never commit the same offence again, few would be able to guarantee that.