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The truth about Liverpool's Luis Suarez

Winston Churchill

Luis Suarez gets a lot of stick, and it's difficult to refute the general consensus of opinion that the Liverpool player brings most of it on himself due to his exploits.

Unless you are a Liverpool fan, Luis Suarez the footballer probably plays second fiddle to Luis Suarez the fool.

The list of Suarez's misdemeanours is well-known, and it's pointless detailing them again here. Even the most partisan Liverpool fan will find it hard to justify some of his actions. But expecting Suarez to suddenly clean up his act and become a poster child for the Premier League (or wherever else he ends up plying his trade) is plainly ridiculous. You just have to accept Suarez as he is - just as you have to accept many other individuals who reach the heights in their chosen field, but who are far from perfect in all areas of their life.

Richard Nixon was the U.S. President who opened up China and Russia, but who fell over a 3rd rate burglary; Winston Churchill help save the world from the Nazis, yet his actions in respect of Gallipoli and the bombing of Dresden in 1945 did his reputation no good. JFK may have bested the Soviets during the Cuban Missile Crisis, but his womanizing let him down.

And, in football, there was Paul Gascoigne, Eric Cantona, Paolo Di Canio and many other examples of players with unbelievable skills who sometimes got things wrong. Suarez, in my view, is from the same mould. It's a fact universally acknowledged that the greater the person (in the their chosen field), the greater that person's flaws. With Suarez, you celebrate the quality, and just have to accept all the rest.

Crazy to compare Suarez to Winston Churchill and JFK ? Football not important enough ? Perhaps, but as Liverpool's legendary manager Bill Shankly once famously said: 'Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that'.

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