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Why Liverpool Must Sell Luis Suarez

By on June 5, 2013

With the future of Luis Suarez filling the back pages in recent days, Liverpool fan Shane Clancy gives us his thoughts on why he feels it’s time Liverpool sold the controversial Uruguayan striker.

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How things change

Three months ago, the thought of Liverpool losing their Uruguayan maestro would not have sat well with me.  Suarez was playing the best football of his career – yes, he displayed his tremendous skill and potential at Ajax before coming to Anfield – but here he was performing consistently at the highest level he had ever played at.  He had shown that he was able for the step up from the Eredivisie to the English Premier League.  Some notable names have not coped with this transition in their careers; Mateja Kezman and Ryan Babel, to name just a couple.

The man’s talent was immediately evident, scoring as a second-half substitute on his debut at Anfield against Stoke in early 2011.  His incredible close control and “head-down, one thing on his mind” direct style had the Liverpool fans on their feet anytime he received the ball around the eighteen-yard box.  Not many players on the world stage can instill that type of belief and excitement in the fans.  It’s a fantastic gift to be able to receive the ball and make people immediately think that something special is about to happen.

Liverpool knew Suarez came with risks; they were willing to take him in as another flawed genius.  We all love the imperfections in our heroes.

Disciplinary issues

Over the last few days I’ve heard it said that he has “dragged the Liverpool name through the gutter”.  I would feel strongly about that if I felt it to be true, if what I saw was a player intentionally disregarding the club and its fans.  I don’t – I see a player who has never learned to control those childish needs to never lose, that “street-kid” who just wants the ball, all the time.  Correct – the club reputation has taken a hit because of Suarez, it could just never be considered intentional on his part.

At the moment Suarez seems to have absolutely no control over his instinctual reactions on the pitch.  This is not a cop-out or a defence of the player.  He needs to manage his temperament like every other professional athlete.  Wherever Suarez spends the rest of his career, be it Anfield or abroad, the outbursts need to stop.

Why he must be sold

From Liverpool’s viewpoint, however, I feel he must be sold this summer. The following are my reasons:

Peak of his career – as touched upon earlier Suarez has just completed the best season of his career, at the highest level.  Liverpool must capitalise on this and recoup the highest possible amount while Suarez’s brilliance is fresh in everyone’s minds.

He is an extremely emotional, passionate footballer.  This makes him the player that he is.  In the wake of his recent comments about wanting to leave this summer the following must be noted.  There is no way Suarez would be one hundred percent invested in the club next season if he is kept against his will.  A passionate player without the passion will perform at possibly only sixty to seventy percent of his abilities, depending on the circumstances.  Liverpool can not hold on to Suarez for another year only to see a dramatic dip in his form.  This will impact drastically on his transfer value, resulting in Suarez being sold off next summer for a fee considerably less than what we may receive this summer.  More importantly, an unhappy and underperforming star striker would have a very negative effect on squad morale.

LFC transfer policy – a sale now would fit perfectly with Liverpool’s transfer policy that has been spoken of since Damien Comolli left the club.  Liverpool is set to make a significant profit on their £23 million investment if Suarez is sold this year.  This profit may then be used to bring in more young, hungry talent in fitting with Rodgers’ system – and thus the cycle continues.

Rodgers is well aware that the club is still smarting from the £35 million it spent on Andy Carroll on the same day that Suarez signed.  A large sale such as that of Suarez would go a long way to strengthening Liverpool’s squad overall with the signings that may be possible in the immediate aftermath.  Also, with Carroll likely to leave this summer for around £12 million another profit-making transaction would take the spotlight off the loss made on the Carroll deal.  Selling Suarez now basically makes good business sense.

The Club comes first – we are all familiar with the saying “no player is bigger than the club”, but some management teams have difficulty applying this ethos.  Brendan Rodgers must be worried that over the last year the media circus surrounding Suarez has made him the face of Liverpool Football Club.  Whether Suarez likes it or not he needs to realise that when he brings trouble on himself, he brings it on his club.

From a PR point of view, Liverpool’s reputation has nosedived since the “racism” episode with Patrice Evra (lets not even get into that right now).  The Ivanovic biting incident only added fuel to the fire.  Rodgers now needs to build a squad where no fish is too big for its pond.  The first step is to sell Suarez and get Liverpool making headlines again for the right reason – success on the pitch.

Until we meet again, Luis

There is no doubt we are going to be watching Luis Suarez gracing the Champions League and hopefully the International stage over the coming years.  What we must hope is that this unique footballing talent grows up and manages to cut out the reactions on the pitch.  Part of being a professional is learning how to remain disciplined even when things aren’t going your way.  If any manager can help Suarez to lose the ill-discipline but keep his passion then he has the potential to be even better.

For Liverpool fans however, I think that ship has sailed.  Suarez must be sold, now.

What do you think?  Get involved in the comments below.

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12 Comments

  1. magnumopus

    June 5, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I totally agree mate! Good article.

    • Patlo

      June 5, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      Don’t make sense….

  2. charlie

    June 5, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    good points, but still disagree.

    1)His value will not drop dramatically over the course of a year and he is not the type of character to let his form dip because he was not sold when he wanted to be.

    2)It is certainly not the transfer policy of Liverpool to hold onto players until their peak then sell them off so other clubs can reap the benefits of the 3-4 years they are at their peak. Last I checked that was Arsenal’s transfer policy, and it has not exactly steeped them in glory.

    3)We are never going to win anything if we keep selling our best players.

    4)If the club are successful next year and perhaps win a cup, the press will soon forget Suarez’s misdemeanors, like they forgot about Cantona’s drop kick on a fan. Is John Terry not still at Chelsea? His behaviour has been immeasurably worse than Suarez’s. Suarez only receieves so much bad press because he is foreign, and the right wing British tabloids are notoriously racist.

  3. jonathan midland

    June 5, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    yes he should be sold

  4. Bob Trimble

    June 5, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Tend to agree with Charlie he should stay the article seems to have been put together on the basis of Skys team of drama queens
    You could add that if he had played for a Landan Club the persecution would have been less.
    What he did was unacceptable he has accepted his punishment now leave him alone.
    I have not heard much in the media about a coach who went unpunished for gouging at the eyes of an opposing coach.
    But the spoilt one was not subject to a trial by the can’t manage has beens that pose as pundits.

  5. LFCShane

    June 5, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Bob, I hate the sky team of drama queens. I make a conscious effort not to watch Sky Sports News. If you had read the article closely you will notice that I am on the side of Suarez, he does not deserve the treatment he has got. Especially, as Charlie pointed out, that other British players have behaved far worse. I do also believe the British media to be incredibly racist, ever since Rafa was at Liverpool and the treatment he received from the media compared to British managers. I am speaking as a fan of Liverpool and my belief is that he is not going to benefit the team any more, his best contribution would be through a large sale now, bringing in two or three quality players to strengthen the squad from the income.
    Charlie, re our transfer policy – this has changed since John Henry and co took over. We are not a selling team but management now regard players far more as commodities nowadays. In these terms I feel it may be seen that Liverpool stand to gain more if they sell Suarez now and replace with 2 or 3 signings, rather than taking the chance on him having a poor season and the value dropping. He may play his best season ever if we keep him next season but is it worth taking that chance? Rodgers could be another year down the road moulding the team in his way with his own signings if we sell now and move the team on.

  6. Patlo

    June 5, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Silly comments!
    No doubts, if Luis insists of going, it’ll make sense to move on but he has yet to put up a request and RM has not make any contact, why are we talking about a need to sell him now?
    What is the 40-50mil we’re talking about the sales compare to the revenue if he could have got us into higher positions and CL for a few seasons in a run?
    We should be worrying more on building a team around our best players to move the club forward rather than short term profit on player’s value!
    Such short-sighted comments…

  7. Igwegboo joseph

    June 5, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Yes,is truth but dnt sale luis suarez.YNWA

  8. Igwegboo joseph

    June 5, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Suarez is our key.And i need aspas n one gud defender..UP COUTINHO NW MY BEST PLAYER IN D WORLD..YNWA

  9. Jas

    June 7, 2013 at 5:01 am

    Either way, I am very saddend by these turn of events.

    ……………………………………….
    (But I’m sure signing Mikhatrayen and Popadopulous would cheer me up some!)

  10. Tobrizy Mula

    July 11, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    If am asked, I would nt want suarez to be sold, but if leaving the club is his wish this summer, then I don’t think they should hold him back, because holding him back will not benefit the club, if the player is no longer playing with his mind, then he will have nothing to offer to the club.

  11. Loonman

    August 7, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Bring back Ronnie Rosenthal and david speedie

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