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Luis Suarez And The Point of No Return: Why Liverpool Must Sell The Troubled Striker

As the saga of Luis Suarez continues to dominate headlines, writer Tom Gatehouse looks at the key reasons for Liverpool to cut loose their distressed striker

As the saga of Luis Suarez continues to dominate headlines, writer Tom Gatehouse looks at the key reasons for Liverpool to cut loose their distressed striker.

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It has been clear for some time that Luis Suarez yearns for a transfer away from Liverpool. This much can be gleaned from the quite poignant remarks he has made over the past few months, spanning from the subtle to the downright blunt. The transfer saga centred around the Uruguayan has evolved into one of persistent frustration for both the club and the player.

Suarez told the Guardian and Daily Telegraph earlier this month that Liverpool had “promised” that he could leave this summer, if they did not qualify for the Champions League.

“I gave absolutely everything last season. Now all I want is for Liverpool to honour our agreement,” he said.

“Last year I had the opportunity to move to a big European club and I stayed on the understanding that if we failed to qualify for the Champions League the following season I’d be allowed to go.”

The sheer talent of the striker has permitted a continuing patience from the club; a patience that has arguably been pushed to its limits many times during his stay, thanks to some heinous moments of ill-judgement from the player.

However, amidst the negativity surrounding this protracted narrative, there are genuine reasons for Liverpool to let their star man depart. Granted, the loss of such a fine striker can never really be fully stomached, especially to a rival such as Arsenal; but as the energy around the club is further sapped by Suarez’ embittered words and actions, fans and boardroom hierarchy alike must be beginning to see the logic of showing the player the door he so vociferously craves.

Luis Suarez was himself, a replacement for an ‘irreplaceable’ player

Cast your mind back to the January transfer window of 2011. There you will see the transfer saga of an indomitable striker, primed for absolute glory at Anfield after a goal-ridden season, with stardom achieved through a magnificent ability.

Fernando Torres was the king back then, and his £50m move to bitter rivals Chelsea was a moment seared into the mind of every Liverpool fan, the world over.

Andy Carroll was hastily snapped up as a reactionary transfer, while Luis Suarez, brought in to actually play in tandem with Torres, joined the England man as a respite to the pain of losing one of the most deadly strikers in the world. While Carroll may have failed to live up to expectations, Suarez has done brilliantly in erasing the unpleasant memory of Torres’ departure.

Suarez himself can be replaced, as Torres has been; but the clock is ticking, and if a replacement is to be found, the sale of Luis Suarez needs to happen soon. An enormous fee can be commanded for the Uruguayan, with which Liverpool can subsequently spend to secure a player of international pedigree, and formidable goal-scoring prowess.

But with so many of the world’s most feared strikers already bedded in at new-found destinations, the pool of potentially available talent is slowly diminishing. Liverpool must act fast.

Luis Suarez has, for some time, been a malignant presence at the club

Football fans are a tough lot, but something that always grinds their gears, regardless of the club they support, is a lack of dignity and an absence of perceived loyalty.

While it is unreasonable to expect every player to remain at the same club for his entire career, it is feasible to expect a certain degree of respect for a club, regardless of circumstance.

Liverpool boss, Brendan Rogers, follows these sentiments, and believes that Suarez should apologise to the club for the way he has acted during the bitter saga,

“Initially there will be a recognition that [there needs to be] an apology to his team-mates and the club,” said Rodgers when asked what the striker needs to do next.

“I have seen him over a period of time. I know it is not the Luis Suarez we know and I have to protect the fans and the players because they deserve more than that” Rodgers told Sky Sports

While a player cannot be made to stay happy, and regardless of his current state of mind, Suarez’ reportedly lacklustre attitude in training, and indifferent standards during this situation makes a mockery of the quite stunning show of loyalty from the Anfield faithful, his teammates, and the club as a whole. Suarez’ apparent refusal to entertain the notion of an apology only serves to further wreck the already rapidly decaying bridge between the player and the club.

No one player is bigger than a football club, and the last of a great many straws must surely be about to be discarded by the club over the player, which will leave very little room for a full reconciliation with their eccentric, highly troubled striker.

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  1. TKP

    August 12, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    What a load of guff. Liverpool have a right to hold onto him until a bid reflecting fair market value comes in from a foreign club. That would be in the range of 55-60 mil – not the derisory offer from Arsenal. No one should be forced to sell their prized asset through player wrangling and media lying. If Suarez wants to go that bad he can put in a transfer request and forego his bonus. Other than that, he’s tied up under a new contract!

    • truthnoemotion

      August 12, 2013 at 10:56 pm

      why was it ok to sell torres to Chelsea and not suarez to arsenal ?

      • chris

        August 13, 2013 at 9:23 am

        Chelsea as a sqaud are too far ahead of liverpool. so loosing tores to them didnt hinder us as much.
        Arsenal are direct competition for 4th place. Though i think thats going to be spurs this year.
        But selling suarez to the gunners will mean we have given them the amunition to stay above us in the league.

    • davi

      August 13, 2013 at 1:12 am

      You’re right that Liverpool can sell for what they want, if they had an agreement with Suarez that’s a bit fd up but assuming that’s not a legal issue they’re within they’re rights I suppose, but £40m is hardly a derisory offer!

    • gundownsuarez

      August 13, 2013 at 3:03 am

      Do you need help to understand that Liverpool refuse to sale? Liverpool never came up with a price….. dummy

  2. The king

    August 12, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    LFC wil do WHAT’S BEST FOR LFC! They will sell, in their own time, for what they want. And NOT to another English club!

    • mosgoon

      August 12, 2013 at 11:01 pm

      well from an Arsenal point of view if he sits useless on his own on the training pitch that is almost as good as him coming to us, at least he wont be scoring any goals, one less team to compete with ! 🙂

    • Charlie

      August 12, 2013 at 11:36 pm

      He is too good not to be playing in Europe. Liverpool fans revel in past glories but need to face the fact that they are holding Suarez back from becoming a truly great player. I don’t blame Suarez at all and think the Liverpool hierarchy are the ones acting disgracefully. Coming out and saying that they refuse to sell him when he has clearly outgrown them is unreasonable.

  3. Arseniel

    August 12, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Stop bloody bleating. No one is forcing Liverpool to do anything. They are not powerless victims of Suarez, Arsenal or anybody else and should stop behaving as such.

    Liverpool have tough choices to make and only they can make them. Nothing can happen unless Liverpool wills it.

    Fact is though the choices are not great but that is the way of the world. Suarez is well within his right to let it be known that he doesn’t rate Brenda Rogers or her team. Arsenal are well within their rights to make an offer for any player especially one who has indicated he wants out! It’s up to Liverpool to respond. So far their response is I impressive.

  4. SecretBob

    August 12, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    40 million or 40 million plus 1, neither are derisory offers. They may not be what Liverpool hope for or want, but an offer of 40 plus million is certainly not derisory.

  5. atid

    August 12, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Fact is when liverpool agreed £40m was a figure they were prepared to.let him go for that was a lot of money. Considering the best striker in the league had just joined united for 25m.

    Arsenal have in a way been made to look the wrong doers. When in fact they were just reacting to information that had been passed to them about suarez price.

    Personally I would rsther arsenal spend £50m on Damiao.and Willan rather than miss out altogether on a striker. In fact I would go for 4 brazilians by adding cesar and gustavo for another 16m

  6. ismogunner

    August 12, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    The way I see it, Liverpool is left with two choices, to either sell Suarez now, or keep and continue paying an unhappy player, which to their opponents means less fire power for the defenders to contend with. Either way, it’s still their loss. On one hand, I would like Suarez to join arsenal, and on the other, I’ll love to see him get some ten more bans, perhaps this time around for eating up rogers’ hands……lollllllll

  7. zico59z

    August 12, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    What a load of crap that is. “Liverpool boss, brendan rodgers, follows these sentiments, and believes Suarez should apologise to the club for the way he’s acted during the saga.” Where was rodgers’s apology to Swansea when he left them in the lurch to go to liverpool after they tapped him up…i never heard him give one. Where was rodgers’s loyalty to a club who gave him a job when Watford sacked him? He hasn’t got any, so how can he lecture Suarez about loyalty when he shows none himself! What made rodgers’s defection to liverpool even more distasteful was the fact when Swansea finally gave rodgers permission to leave for liverpool, it was on the understanding that liverpool would not go back for any of Swansea’s star players. So, what did rodgers do when he got in at liverpool, he went straight back there after tapping up joe allen, and took him to anfield! So he SHOULD NOT be castigating Suarez, as rodgers himself has no loyalty, no dignity, he’s a liar, in short he’s a poor excuse for a human being. And if liverpool want to get anywhere anytime soon, they need to get rid of rodgers, as he’ll ruin that club and liverpool will only have themselves to blame!!!

    • chinedu

      August 13, 2013 at 5:53 am

      Well done….***** fr dat comment

  8. Martinmarx

    August 12, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Good arguments taken in isolation. However, the article miss what I believe is the real driver behind LFC’s choice of handling the situation – putting an end to player power. In that sense all this goes beyond Suarez and could be understood to be the club’s way of telling Suarez, the current squad and future players you don’t come here and sign longterm contracts just to start throwing the toys around less than a year later crying like a baby for a move to a “big” club. In that sense I’m proud of what Brendan and the club’s trying to do here!

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  10. Abu Rahman

    August 12, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    TKP has said it all! I think Looserpool want to make most of the whole drama wanting more money. They are just waiting for Suarez to hand in a transfer request, so he gets nothing, while Arsenal pay as much as £50 mill + (for a British record). Truth versus Propaganda! Let’s all wait and see where the pendulum swings. Time will surely tell.

  11. Gooner

    August 12, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Liverpool are mugs if they keep him. If a player does not want to play for the club, show him the door and tell him to F@@k off. They tried changing his mind and still he has said he wants to go and plus he’s training on his own. What’s the point in keeping him and causing disruption in the there team. Get the money and buy new players ASAP. Even if they keep Suarez I don’t see them finishing top 4. I’d be happy for him to come to the mighty Arsenal though. If we had a player like that who was in our club, that we supported through his Sh@t I’d be pissed but still I would want to do the best for the club and get rid and buy……….

    • Andrew

      August 12, 2013 at 11:47 pm

      Yeah like I’m going to listen to a gooner who are deperate to get him as they are fighting toot and nail to stay in the top 4. Jog on back to the gooner whinge sites

      • Canope

        August 13, 2013 at 12:35 am

        lol,i don’t see your club doing anything spectacular.dont come here acting like your better than Afc.

  12. Lungisani Nyandezulu Bhelemu

    August 12, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    I lyk it when Arsenal gets bully,we have bullied all these yrs,think of Fabregas,Henry,Nasri,Rvp en e lyk………WE ARE ARSENAL!!

  13. Previgo

    August 12, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    From other player’s point of view.. Would i want to go to a club that wouldn’t let me leave for greener pastures in the future?
    Would i want to move to a club who wouldn’t honour its promises?
    Would i want to join a club that has a lying manager?
    Why would i join liverpool after learning about all this?

  14. Lungisani Nyandezulu Bhelemu

    August 12, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    I lyk it when Arsenal gets bully,we have been bullied all these yrs,think of Fabregas,Henry,Nasri,Rvp en e lyk………WE ARE ARSENAL!!

  15. Andrew

    August 12, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    I’m amazed no one has caught onto something yet Liverpool hold all the cards. Suarez has NO gurantees in his clause. Suarez has 3 years left on his contract and far more important Suarez wants to play in World 2014. Liverpool don’t have to sell, we can simply do as we’re doing and warn him before his ban runs out apologise or you’ll be stuck in the reserves and if you get called up by Uruguay we’ll withdraw you from their squad. Then make it clear if he doesn’t shape up he’ll get no game time and his World Cup chances will be severely hampered, if he shows a bad attitude he’s fined 2 weeks wages, if he refuses to apologise he’ll be fined 2 weeks wages for every week he refuses to apologise and if he disrespects the club, players or fans he’ll be fined 2 weeks wages. Everytime he opens his mouth to the press fine him 2 weeks wages. If Luis Suarez or Wayne Rooney, for that matter, want to push the player power angle the clubs should be applauded for telling the player to shut up and honour his contract.

    • Valentine

      August 13, 2013 at 12:37 am

      So in other words be dishonourable and cage him

      • Naija Bros

        August 13, 2013 at 2:22 am

        @Valentine, not just dishonorable, but in fact, despicable. The way Liverpool are going about this is sickening. Arsenal sold key players who did not want to stay even after being persuaded to Man City and Man United and moved on, but Liverpool behave as if they are nothing without Suarez. Their desperation as seen in the speeches of their Manager is pathetic. Since when did selling players to rival teams become an issue in football? Didn’t Dortmund sell their best player to Munich even while the season was on?

    • davi

      August 13, 2013 at 1:16 am

      Even if he doesn’t play all year he’ll still make the Uruguay squad and probably the 1st team

    • Tuzare the Uruguayan

      August 13, 2013 at 5:31 am

      Andrew, I think you got it wrong there on the “Suarez wants to play in World 2014” and “his World Cup chances will be severely hampered” thing. Fact is: Suarez has a first class ticket to the Uruguayan national team, whether he plays for club or not. That guy single-handedly(never mind the pun)took Uruguay to the semi-finals in WC 2010. He gives a 120% when he plays for his country.The Uruguayan FA are solidly behind him on this, and so are his national team mates (check out comments made recently by Diego Forlan and Edison Cavani). The Uruguayan FA are silent on this bar sanction from FIFA if they appear to be interfering. Uruguayans see this Suarez saga as an extremely unfair treatment of their own. Hear Uruguayan media go about this and you know Liverpool are playing a loser’s card in the “2014 World cup” threat. Suarez can choose to go on vacation, a la style of Tevez, and earn his place come 2014!

    • pijoe

      August 13, 2013 at 5:51 am

      @Andrew your reasoning is so shallow.You th think you’ll be able to attract stars to your team with such attitude towards your best player? Edison cavani is already pissed off with the way liverpool is handling this issue.Believe me you’ll only end up scaring stars away from your team.All you saying he should be relegated to play in the reserves,you think its a wise business for to pay someone a 120k to play with the reserves.The fact is that keeping Suarez will do liverpool no good

    • 2Bob

      August 13, 2013 at 7:09 am

      This keyboard warrior delux comment is so out of the realms of reality its disturbing people actually think this is legally permissable.
      Firstly, you cannot fine him for not apologising. There is no contractual obligation to do so and Pool would be sued off the planet if they tried stint like that, possibly even get a transfer ban and severely censured at FIFA/EUFA/FA level.
      Secondly, if Suarez was “left to rot in the reserves”, he could tear up his contract once the club played him less than 10% in the first team for the season, so good luck with that one.
      Pool used to be a fine club with some honour. It is clear that the club are playing a rather unethical game regarding this disputed clause, so I would venture to suggest the club is doing themselves long term damage and handling this extremely poorly.
      I doubt very much he’ll go to Arsenal, but all this “brave” talk about Real offering 50-60m is absurd.
      They’ll take one look at the hole Pool have dug for themselves and offer 12m and the club will end up having to take it late in the transfer window with no hope of re-inforcing.
      Arsenal and Wenger have their own problems regarding transfers, but Pool have dug a huge hole, filled it with excrement, and dived headfirst into it – stupid.

    • 2Bob

      August 13, 2013 at 7:13 am

      Oh, and the “withdraw him from the national team” bit.
      where have you been hiding for the last 4 decades?
      Pool will get slapped from here to Mars and back again by FIFA et al if they even tried to think of pulling a stint like that, never minde actually trying it.
      Honestly, the term “deluded” is thrown around quite a bit on these forums, but this andrew character is the platinum edition version of that very category.

    • Lg

      August 13, 2013 at 8:55 am

      Tha dumbest comment ever .1 tht wil never happen thts called slavery no contract says u take away any1 free well .2 u dnt contract any1 & nt pay thm .3 wat kind of msg wil tht give to otha players u wnt 2 buy stop tokin crazy

  16. Mick

    August 13, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Rogers is in no position to moralise, he went back on his word to Swansea when he bought Jo Allen after promising he would not try for his former players until a year had passed. If what Suarez is saying about the promise he was given is true then Rogers is at it again. Not to be trusted.

  17. Real Alan

    August 13, 2013 at 1:32 am

    They sold Torres to Chelsea, no complain why bein afriad of Arsenal even when you think you are better than em. I see suarez prefering more good football and chances of getin to the top with Arsenal by acceptin them. Torres wasn’t in inform in chealse, and chelsea hasn’t won UCL before bt with Torres they got in Europe with big differences. Suarez should move to Arsenal .with Roggers liverpool are in 10th position, with or without Suarez Arsenal ar getin better thats jst the fact.

  18. gundownsuarez

    August 13, 2013 at 3:12 am

    Liverpool is Suarez, cheap talking Brendan can cry all he wants, Suarez won’t apologize and Liverpool will beg him to play, they have no options. Suarez is bigger than Liverpool else they would have let him go. Training with the reserves is all gimmicks. If I was Suarez I would Balotelli Mr. Brendan and Henry won’t do a thing, after all its the king, you can’t live without Suarez

  19. brianwenger

    August 13, 2013 at 3:58 am

    If Surez does not play and is sat on the side lines. Not only will Liverpool suffer against other teams, liverpool will lose value for Suarez because he will only have two years on his contract. Not only will liverpool will lose money on the player, but also other players will be put off coming to liverpool because how the club has handled thier affairs. Plus less money to pay for new stadium or spend on the transfer market. Liverpool will loose in so many different ways. Futhermore in this saga it seems like Liverpool cannot survive without Suarez. Which make football supporters think Suarez is actually bigger than Liverpool. Which means Liverpool is no longer the club they were. I believe secretly the Liverpool fans think that the biggest thing in Liverpool is not the club it is Suarez. They would rather see Suarez stay in the reserves and brag that Surez is a Liverpool player. No Suarez no Liverpool.

  20. GeorgeGunners

    August 13, 2013 at 4:44 am

    I pity Suarez for falling into Rodgers trap (when those promises were made) Suarez did nt know that Rodgers is a professional liar. Its a shame!

  21. Akeem

    August 13, 2013 at 5:30 am

    If arsenal want Suarez they cn meet L,pool valuatn £50m or£55m.So no comment.L,pool wnt Walcot last year while arsenal cnt allow him to join L,pool.

    • jer

      August 13, 2013 at 6:34 am

      well, Walcott did not want to come to Liverpool, there is a difference… anyways this argument abt competition is nonsense, Barcelona sold Figo to Real, Man United sold Tevez to Mancity, Arsenal lets not even go there…. Isn’t every other club a competitor???… why take 30M from Madrid and Not 40M from Arsenal…. its plain childish…. Small club mentality right there, Liverpool should concentrate on their strengths.. they may Yet finish above Arsenal despite selling Suarez to them.. BUT only if they believe they can.. at the moment they seem to think they are sh**te without Suarez. i dont blame them.

  22. shagz

    August 13, 2013 at 7:56 am

    suarez is poisen for liverpool, even if he does stay, he gives this season 110 percent and liverpool dont secure a champions league spot next year, how many other liverpool players will leave with him???

  23. Obioma Opara

    August 13, 2013 at 11:07 am

    My brothers(liverpool fans) i reallly can see and understand ur fraustrations, particularly regarding Luis Suarez wanting to leave. Well, who is to be blamed? The truth needs to be told without minding whose ox is gored! Ur lying & undiginified manager(Rodger) and the entire management of Liverpool should be held responsible for this. 1. U made a ”PROMISE” whether writen or verbal, the truth there is that u made a promise, that this is binding in Honour; Suarez! Pls dn’t join Juventus, i know u(suarez) really want to, but dn’t. Look we’ve hired a new manager in Rodger and also brought in few guys that could push us back into super ‘4’. One more season, afterwards if we dn’t qualify, we’ll let u go. In solidity to this promise, the inhuman Rodger who first disrespected Swansea fc without any appology to them but he is expecting one to come to him, told Suarez that He’ll personal ensure that he (Suarez) gets his wish. The time has come calling, instead of them to keep to their promise because, i used to think the whitemen dn’t lie, they’re polished and policied people, instead came out publicly to deny they(management) and he(Rodger) said. Saying, there’s no evidence to back his(suarez) claims. Dn’t worry, i want u guys(liverpool management& co) to know that, THERE IS A GOD IN HEAVEN, the general overseer. I want to ask, where is ur conscience? Bloody lier!!!

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