With the rumour mill churning once more, what do you Liverpool fans out there make of the whole saga?
Hate is a strong word; it’s a dirty word which is used sometimes in jest or sometimes with real meaning.
I know a man who ‘hates’ Manchester United, in fact he ‘hates’ them more than he ‘loves’ Liverpool, his boyhood club with whom he owns a season ticket, I also know a guy who ‘hates’ Luis Suarez and thinks he’s an average player at best, I just don’t get it.
Firstly how can you detest either one of them, United are proven winners, they have amassed numerous trophies and have been at the forefront of club football for several decades now, with the same respect how can you not admire what Luis Suarez has achieved, the man is a quality player, and in my opinion was the player of the year last season, (I don’t believe the hype around Gareth Bale, sorry).
Sometimes you just have to look at the bigger picture, none of us are football managers and so we can’t praise or criticise what teams or players do, we have no control, it’s about wanting the best for your club, and with that it makes the latest saga in the life of Suarez an interesting one to discuss.
On one hand I see the point of view that the man is a liability, picking up bans, for alleged racism and biting a player, indeed he may have a reputation as a cheat, diving and hand-balling his way through his career, but they are not his defining moments, it’s his goals and his will to win that set him apart from the rest and in truth his sheer talent is there for all to see, indeed this may be the reason that Real Madrid have once again expressed an interest in the Uruguayan.
What I would like to know is where the Liverpool fans who watch him week in, week out stand on the matter?
When the rumour mill started to churn over the summer, Suarez was still banned from football for his bite on Branislav Ivanovic, Arsenal amongst others were preparing bids in the region of £40m, give or take a pound and Liverpool were not in Europe and were expected to finish once more outside the top four.
If it were me I’d want the best, I’d want the Champions League football offered by other clubs, I’d want the chance to be a winner and I’d have wanted to leave, but in saying no and committing to the Reds, Suarez became a winner in my eyes, and his prize?
This was further demonstrated when he spoke on French radio this week saying: 'Today I feel very supported by my team-mates, and I appreciate their support. The support of the fans was also very important. I always could walk on the street with no trouble. I was never threatened or anything like that - the people told me to stay.
'I feel part of things at Liverpool. It is my home. I am comfortable and happy here - I work hard for Liverpool and I will always be thankful to the club, and to my team-mates.'
So there can be no doubt that he has won the hearts of the Anfield crowd, his goals, along with those from Daniel Sturridge have put the club in a healthy position and realistically have increased his worth as a player but what were to happen if he were to leave in the summer?
Well, Liverpool would probably have an extra £50m in the bank, not to mention additional funds from finishing in a European spot, they could replace him and maybe buy two or three quality players with that money, remember it is a World Cup year so the cream of the crop with be on show, like a conveyor belt of talent, so I’m not sure letting him go would be too bad.
The club will also be safe in the knowledge that they can win and score without Suarez, doing so during his ban where Sturridge netted in their opening victories.
Whatever happens over the coming months, no one man or no amount of money really makes a difference, life goes on, unless of course you'd 'hate' to see him go.
Are you a Liverpool fan, if so, is it essential to keep Luis Suarez at the club or is it more about the team than one man?
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