Despite the controversy surrounding Luis Suarez, former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke believes that the Uruguayan’s potential departure from Liverpool would be a big blow for the Premier League.
Coming off a fantastic 2013-14 season with Liverpool, Suarez scored 31 Premier League goals in 33 games as the side narrowly missed out on the title to Manchester City, winning both the PFA and FWA Player of the Year awards in the process.
Nevertheless, the club have seemingly tired of his antics, following his four-month ban from all football-related activities for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, and latest reports are that the star forward is on the verge of an £80 million move to Barcelona.
Should the deal ultimately go through, Yorke sees it as a good business decision by Liverpool but also one which will leave manager Brendan Rodgers with a big hole to fill in his line-up, despite recent additions to the squad.
‘The rumours back home are that dialogue has been taking place between the two clubs and that’s never a good sign,’ he said. ‘That’s just clearly an indication that he’s going to be leaving the Premier League, which is a really big blow for us.
‘It’s a very delicate situation, as we’re talking about someone’s livelihood here. He’s obviously an exceptional player and we know what he brings to the team and what he’s done on the football pitch, there’s no question about that.
‘If he were to go on to Barcelona, what a fantastic player he would be, one we’d really miss in the Premier League.
‘Of course, his conduct on the football pitch has come into question and it’s very difficult to defend that,’ he added. ‘I’m sure if he were to leave Liverpool then it’s a great business move, as they’ll have a vast amount of money to spend.
‘They’re already investing in people like Adam Lallana and the young German midfielder [Emre Can] who they just signed to the squad, so they’re doing business and brining in players all thanks to Luis Suarez and his efforts so far.
‘It would be a massive blow for him to leave Liverpool but clearly, from a business point of view, it would be a great deal for them as well.’