The media he had so often blamed for making his life in England more difficult than it should have been, were suddenly seen as a resource through which he could engineer an escape from Anfield. From a man with such high morals, to the majority of people, this will hardly be surprising.
Suarez clearly feels his time on Merseyside is up, it probably has been for some time, and with barely over three weeks until the transfer window shuts, the 26-year-old is well aware that time might soon become a luxury if he is to find himself another club before September 2.
Unlike fellow wantaways Wayne Rooney and Gareth Bale, the Liverpool number 7 has now gone beyond the point of no return by going public and claiming he no longer intends to play for the club – his toys are out of the pram and any hope that he maybe loyal to Liverpool is out of the window.
To the majority of modern footballers, loyalty is what their wages are to the thousands of fans that pack the grounds week after week – an abstract entity, something worth being aware of, but nothing more – and, in that respect, Luis Suarez doesn’t differ from the majority of his colleagues.
The problem is Suarez isn’t like the majority of his colleagues most of whom don’t bite or racially abuse their opponents, nor shamelessly admit to endorse diving as a normal tool through which secure an advantage.
Nor does Suarez share similarities with his colleagues when it comes to the degree of protection he has enjoyed during his career on Merseyside, which has been marred by controversies with alarming regularity.
And yet, the Uruguayan appears determined to be portrayed as the victim of a broken promise, rather than a player desperately seeking greener pastures elsewhere.
“I spoke with Brendan Rodgers several times and he told me: ‘Stay another season and you have my word if we don’t make it then I will personally make sure that you can leave,’” said Suarez. “I just want them to abide by the promises made last season.”
For all of Suarez’s faults, and there are many, had Liverpool and Rodgers indeed agreed to strike such a promise with the Uruguayan, they could have very little to complain about the current situation.
However, having examined the contract, PFA’s chairman Gordon Taylor has dismissed the notion that Liverpool would be forced to sell the Uruguayan even if they were receive an offer worth more than £40m.
“There is a clause in there that if Liverpool do not qualify for the Champions League and then they receive a minimum offer of £40m, then the parties will ‘agree in good faith to discuss and negotiate in good faith’ and see what transpires” said Taylor. “It is not a straightforward buyout clause and the contract is open to different interpretations. It doesn’t say there is an automatic trigger for a move.”
Taylor’s words lead to another rather disconcerting question…is Luis Suarez lying about Brendan’s promise? Someone in this equation is, and with a track record like Suarez’s, I know who I would rather give the benefit of the doubt to.
Aside from the lie situation, considering the support Liverpool offered Suarez over the last couple of seasons, the Uruguayan’s lack of respect and professionalism is utterly incredible, but did Brendan Rodgers really expect a different behaviour?
Granted, the Liverpool manager and the club have stood by Suarez through thick and thin and their aggressive protection of their star player often bordering on ridiculous, but banking on loyalty in an era when feelings are worthless and success priceless was a naive, if rather understandable, choice.
What of the fans who have also defended the Uruguayan despite his best attempts to tarnish one of the country’s most prestigious clubs reputation?
In Suarez, many Liverpool fans saw the emblem of a perceived machination against their club and they were happy to side with the Uruguayan but, despite a raucous reception during Steven Gerrard’s testimonial, some supporters have grown bored of Suarez’s antics.
The Kop might have considered Luis Suarez to be one of their own, a foreign embodiment of Steven Gerrard if you will, but he is far from it. The Uruguayan saw Anfield as a place where he thought he could fulfil his professional expectations and once he realised his individual efforts weren’t enough to achieve the success every professional craves, he decided to move on, seeing Liverpool as just another ‘stepping stone’ on his way to the BBD (Bigger Better Deal) despite how the club supported him in the past.
Brendan Rodgers’ decision to take a strong stance against Suarez as he forced the Uruguayan to train alone was the right choice but, unfortunately for Rodgers and Liverpool, it might have come too late.
For his and his club’s sake, he should welcome the chance of getting rid of Suarez, allowing the Uruguayan to become somebody else’s problem and a problem Suarez most defiantly is.