Liverpool fans will be pleased to see the club moving speedily with their summer transfer dealings, but the pleasure of discussing the recent arrivals has been tainted with the continuing uncertainty over Luis Suarez’s future.
The world’s football media has been schizophrenic in its reporting of Suarez’s intentions this summer. In just the past 48 hours, the Uruguayan has been off to Real Madrid, happy to stay at Anfield for another season and caught somewhere in the middle of the two – content to stay on the assumption that Madrid don’t come calling.
The truth is Suarez probably doesn’t know what he wants himself. The likelihood is Real Madrid will inquire about his availability, forcing Suarez to show his hand and make a decision on his future
I do not know when I’m going and I do not know if I’m staying.
It’s reached a point where many of the club’s support feels indifferent to the future of Luis Suarez – coming to the conclusion that although they possess one of the world’s greatest players, it’s time to cash in and rid the club of a person who has continually let himself down off the field and been the source of great uncertainty. I wouldn’t want a vocally unhappy player at my club, especially when the discontent has begun so early into the off-season.
Liverpool have gritted their teeth and stood by him through thick and thin, through some of the most bizarre and unforgiving incidents the most imaginative of us couldn’t believe one person would be capable of.
If Suarez chooses to turn his back on this he must confirm his future sooner rather than later.
But the treatment I received from the rest of England in recent weeks has been tough.
It (Liverpool) is a spectacular club, but they are aware of the way that the press treats me.
It is completely understandable that Suarez would want to leave English football. The footballing side of his sour antics would be more accepted in Spain, freeing himself of the constant negative attention that he attracts in the British media and from rival fans. And of course, the likelihood of silverware would increase tenfold in the side of one of the world’s superpowers. Suarez has regularly remarked to his frustration with the negativity that has plagued his time in England, it’s scary and exciting to imagine his level of performance without the publicity monkey on his back.
Suarez must stop referencing his future so ambiguously in the media, particularly if his agent must turn around and contradict the striker’s comments. Liverpool have put with what he has done, defending him vehemently to the point where the club’s greatest ever player sported a t-shirt with his image on it.
The least Suarez can do is respect the club and either keep quiet or come to a decision on his future and move on. His impact in the past season and a half has been phenomenal, sky-rocketing himself into the status of one of the best players in Europe. But Liverpool has shown glimpses of being able to move in the right direction without his presence. One can assume the club wouldn’t make the same mistake twice and be so wasteful with any funding received for his departure – and make signings to further accommodate the exciting arrivals of Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge.
Personally, I would love to see Luis Suarez at Liverpool next season. He increases the allure of the Premier League and is a magnificent asset on its pitches, despite what many in the media would have you believe. I’d like nothing more than to see him vaporize the negative spokes of his actions and go a season terrorizing defences with the ball at his feet rather than with his teeth.
But if Luis Suarez wants to go, let him go and let it happen quickly. Otherwise he needs to keep his head down and respect the club that has stuck by his side.