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What To Do With Luis Suarez
Footytubeblog (Blog) 12 months ago
In a time where shirt numbers have next to no meaning, Liverpool’s number 7 has always been a jersey carefully awarded to a player. Worn by some of the greats such as Ian Callaghan, Kevin Keegan, Stevie Heighway, Jan Molby and of course King Kenny himself, the club has forever given the shirt to a player worthy of it’s history. Currently, the jersey hangs on the peg belonging to Luis Suarez. But could the Uruguayan be handing the shirt in at the end of the season?

The 26-year-old has enjoyed one of the strangest of careers at the Reds. Signed from Ajax in 2011, Suarez showed Anfield why the club had paid just under £23million for the forward, as he scored on his debut in front of the Kop. But it was his first full season with the club that worried fans. Suarez only managed to score 11 league goals, but it could have been more if he hadn’t got himself banned for eight matches. The forward clashed with Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, where he then racially abused the right-back. Suarez was punished, and despite the club’s firm, possibly over the top, support of the South American, he accepted his suspension.

Forgiven by the Kop, forgiven by the club, but naturally never forgiven by the media, Suarez went into the current season with a bad reputation. Allegations of diving repeatedly hit the striker, who ignored all the complaints and instead focused on having a better season with the Reds. Despite a sluggish start by Liverpool, Suarez picked up goals in their first two draws of their campaign, before a hat trick at Norwich suggested that Suarez could be on top form this season. The goals kept coming, as after another hat trick, this time against Wigan, Suarez’s 21 goals put him third in the tally for most Liverpool goals in a Premier League season, behind Fernando Torres (24) and Robbie Fowler (28).

But even before then Suarez had caused controversy. In the club’s FA Cup 3rd round tie at Mansfield, Suarez tapped home the winner after the ball struck his hand. Only he himself will know if it was deliberate, but it wouldn’t stop the media from having a field day, as small club Mansfield Town’s FA Cup dreams were “stolen” away from them. Suarez then proved unpopular whilst on international duty, as he appeared to punch Chile’s Gonzalo Jara. Although it won’t scare David Haye, Suarez’s light uppercut is currently being investigated by FIFA.

But then came Suarez’s most recent, and most shocking controversy. The bite on Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic. After already giving away a penalty, Suarez seemed to have lost his head, and was visibly growing frustrated as his desperation to repay his team wasn’t working, and in a blaze of anger and utter lunacy, grabbed the Chelsea defender and sunk his teeth into his arm. If Chelsea fans weren’t already sickened enough by the fact he wasn’t sent off, they were to be outraged as Suarez scored the 97th minute equaliser. His 23rd league goal of the season, but surely his last too. With the FA charging Suarez, the Uruguayan is set to miss the rest of Liverpool’s campaign and 6 matches of next season.

The incident led to thousands of angry and disgusted football fans calling in on radio phone-ins, who all felt the club had to sell the striker after his latest incident. Broadcasting at the game, former Liverpool players Graeme Souness and Jamie Redknapp seemed visibly gutted about the whole incident, and both were concerned about the club’s reputation being damaged because of the Uruguayan. They called for the club to sell, in order to show that no player is bigger than the club. Brendan Rodgers instantly came out and said he would review the video footage before commenting on the matter, whilst Ian Ayre cancelled his planned trip to Australia, with damage control being his new priority.

After Suarez promptly apologised on Twitter, before later phoning Ivanovic personally to apologise once more, the club fined the number 7, who asked for the money to be donated to the Hillsborough Family Support Group. It seemed the club had quickly done everything they could to calm the matter, before awaiting the FA’s decision. But the club have their own decision to make. Should they listen to their past players, and sell Suarez, to maintain the club’s proud reputation? But with Suarez the only striker to score more than 20 league goals since 2008, could the club afford to lose their star player? Speaking to LFCTV, Ian Ayre confirmed the board had contacted their American Owners, and that they were happy with the way the club had handled the manner. When asked if it would affect Suarez’s future at the club, Ayre replied:

“Not at all. It affects his future in the sense that we have to work with him on his discipline - but Luis is a very important player to the club.
“This is more about getting him back on the right track and it's largely down to Brendan now to work with him on that side of his character.”

Despite initial thoughts that Suarez had to go, it seems maybe Ian Ayre has handled the situation correctly. The Uruguayan is too much of an asset to the club, and although they could sell him for £30million plus, they wouldn’t be able to guarantee a replacement good enough to fill his high-scoring boots. Whereas by keeping Suarez, and working on his behaviour, along with the PFA’s offer of anger management sessions, the club could get the best of both worlds. Suarez would be more controlled and calmer, but the club would still have their top scorer for the last two seasons.

Liverpool’s desire to keep hold of their prize asset may not be enough as reports suggest that the length of the ban has shocked Suarez who is now seriously considering moving away from Anfield. Cynics may suggest that he is just using the situation to force a move to a Champions League club it is hard to say but one thing is for certain the Premier League will miss a player of his skill but not his temperament.



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Beth (Barcelona) 11 months ago
Everyone would make mistakes, the important thintg is tha one can see his error. Although Suarez has made some mistakes, he is an important person to tne club. Why not give him a chance?
12 months ago
He obviously did not learn his lesson the first time he bit someone, so they extended the ban this time. GOOD ! He got off Easy compared to what happened to Tyson (loooong time suspension plus fined millions)
Raymondo077 (Everton) 12 months ago
That low life should be tranquilised, put in a cage then flown back to Uruguay and released back into the wild....

Actually that would be unfair on that beautiful land, I do fear for all woodland creatures, having that animal on the loose....
Italiabro (Real Madrid) 12 months ago
Ban him from football, As Raymondo said, release him into the wild
ScouserDan (Liverpool) 12 months ago
Sensible responses.... Lol
Knownskate (PSG) 11 months ago
Send em to bayern München
Knownskate (PSG) 11 months ago
Seems they want to buy him
Djbeltiburon (Manchester United) 11 months ago
Would be a shame to lose the guy.... The epl needs megastars.... Bale could be leaving.... Then who else do we have? RVP.... And? Benteke? Ba? Michu? Lambert? Really.... The only superstars we would have would be hazard and mata maybe.... And rvp.... But still.... He's a son of a.... If I'm honest.... Messy brain, messi feet.... Should be given a licking by LFC.... And if this habit continues, perhaps there is no alternative...



   
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