Why Liverpool have completely mis-handled the Luis Suarez saga
This summer, Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been one of the most talked about footballers in the world.
At the end of last season, the 26-year old revealed he wanted to leave the side – citing how the English media have forced him out. This was following his 10-match ban for biting another player during a match – which was originally unpunished by the referee.
In the aftermath of the media furore, Luis Suarez was absolutely adamant he’d had enough of English football and would be leaving this summer as a result.
However, Liverpool played down his words and stuck by the Uruguayan international. This is 21 months after the striker was given an eight-match ban for racially abusing a player. And Liverpool’s stance on the latter? See below.
Luis Suarez is one of the best strikers in the world – his ability was never in doubt. However, he’s proceeded to drag Liverpool’s name through the mud, and what’s worse is that Liverpool have continued to stick by him despite his many indiscretions.
Manager Brendan Rodgers has been guilty of conjecture on more than one occasion during the Suarez saga – saying how the Uruguayan feels part of the family and will remain a Liverpool player this summer. Adding how he wants to lead the side into a Champions League place. It would appear Rodgers was the only person who chose not to see the obvious signs of an inevitable departure.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard recently broke his silence on the matter to try and convince Suarez to stay with side. If that wasn’t desperation from a side resigned to losing him, what is?
The 26-year old has currently been forced to train on his own after revealing in an interview how Liverpool broke their promise in letting him leave this summer. It would appear their moral compass is still broken.
Arsenal are the favourites to procure his signature, but questions will be asked why Suarez wasn’t sold earlier in pre-season to give Liverpool time to find an adequate replacement.
Liverpool as a club also have a lot to answer for – after standing by a player who was given a guilty verdict for racially abusing a player and biting a player, but only step into action after he saying he wants to leave. What message does that give to the players?
The saga goes on.