Silence, the famous saying goes, speaks louder than words. Nowhere does that statement ring as true as it does in an environment like the Premier League, where words are recklessly thrown to the wind on a daily basis.
Brendan Rodger’s words – or rather, the lack of it – over the last couple of weeks have casted further doubts over Luis Suarez’s future at Anfield Road, as the Uruguayan striker looks increasingly unlikely to be on Merseyside by the time the season kicks off.
Suarez’s position has become untenable over the last few months to the point where the prospect of offloading him, which would have been considered as a heresy by the overwhelming majority of Liverpool fans, is now seen not only as the only viable option, but also as one Liverpool are keen to pursue.
The Uruguayan’s on-pitch abilities are unquestionable and brought Rodgers, and Dalglish before him, to stubbornly defend him, despite the flurry of controversies Suarez brought upon himself and upon the club since joining from Ajax in January 2011.
Liverpool were happy to place their reputation in the Uruguayan controversy-laden basket, such was Suarez’s importance to the club’s chances of success, but now find themselves as the potential victims of Suarez’s latest tantrum.
The former Ajax man clearly doesn’t consider Liverpool worth of his loyalty – a feeling to which, like the majority of modern footballers, he seems to be completely oblivious – and has made clear that he was fed-up with what he perceived to be a witch hunt conducted against him by the British press.
Real Madrid emerged as potential suitors for the Uruguayan who made no effort to disguise his admiration for the Spanish giants, nor for the fact that Spain would provide him with a more familiar cultural environment.
However, perhaps aware that in a one-horse race for his signature Real Madrid would have no rivals and could therefore allow the saga to develop over the summer, Suarez stopped just short of forcing Liverpool’s hand by submitting a transfer request.
Selling to Real Madrid would make perfect sense for Liverpool too, for they’ll be able to command a rather substantial fee, while avoiding the risk of selling one of their prized asset – arguably, their only prized asset – to a Premier League rival, be it Chelsea or Arsenal who have both, at different times, renewed their interest in the Uruguayan.
Liverpool expect Suarez to join up with the rest of the squad for their summer tour, which the Uruguayan would rather avoid, hence his increasingly itchy feet that led him to admit that he might, after all, not depart English shores this summer.
“There are a few options and Liverpool are aware of that. There hasn’t been any firm options. There are two or three clubs who I think are interested,” said Suarez who said Arsenal’s £30m offer was “surprising”, but welcome nevertheless.
Allowing this saga to linger through the summer would be incredibly detrimental for Liverpool, for they could find themselves held to ransom by a man they have constantly defended over the past two seasons and, even worse from a purely footballing point of view, short of time to find an adequate replacement.
Unfortunately for Rodgers both, Real Madrid and Arsenal, know that Liverpool are more than willing to see the back of the Uruguayan and could, therefore, decide to bide their time in a bid to secure a better deal.
Suarez, one would suspect, knows it only too well and he’s unlikely to facilitate his manager’s and his club’s life, even though that’s the list he could do after the way Liverpool stuck with him through thick and thin.
But Suarez, it seems, doesn’t feel he owes anything to Liverpool and the sooner they wave adios to him, the better.
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