The Suarez Time Bomb.

Everybody knows that on his day Luis Suarez can be completely unplayable, be it in the red of Liverpool or the sky blue of the Uruguayan national team.
But, anyone who knows a little about his history as a player will tell you he has a darker side to his game as well. It is not so long ago that he bit an opponent in a Dutch League game in a scene that to many is still inexplicable.

In the past week or so I got the feeling that many Liverpool fans saw the first signs of the more twisted and vulgar side to that man who is typically a genius in and around the box.  During the second half of Liverpool’s heavy defeat against a resurgent Spurs side Suarez was playing an isolated lone striker role and let all and sundry know that he was not happy with the team’s performance during the match.  His mannerisms, body language and comments (for those of you who can lip read Spanish) were all very clear signs of his frustration. In fact, had referee Mike Jones paid more attention in his GCSE Spanish classes, he might have delivered Suarez with an instant second yellow, following a first for a combination of foul and abusive language and similar gestures.

Liverpool as a team never got going and I think Kenny Dalglish will have learned from a few key tactical mistakes in that match. Skrtel was left exposed and Charlie Adam will have to learn how to tackle very quickly or risk raking up a Hallmark-esque collection of cards this season. But was this performance the underlying reason for the attitude of the man they call ‘El pistolero’?

Last week The Guardian newspaper suggested that Real Madrid were interested in Suarez and maybe that was playing on his mind. It is no secret that Suarez, like many players, would like to play for the team from Madrid more than virtually any other club. In fact, back in 2009 when still at Ajax, a younger Suarez was linked with a move to Barcelona. The man himself dampened the flames of that rumour by declaring he would rather play for Real.

Thus far this season Liverpool have not really gotten going – they have had moments of great football in some of their games but looked abject at times in others. Suarez has affection for Liverpool and their fans already, that much is clear, but as a foreign player he will never have that sentiment to the level of the likes of Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and some of the other members of the Anfield squad.  I suggest that Kenny Dalglish, his staff and his squad of players are now not only under pressure to succeed from John W. Henry and company, but from the one man who can deliver goals for them. 

There is no doubt that Suarez is the linchpin that Liverpool must base their success around and after this weekends win over Wolves it is easy to see why. Mick McCarthy summed up the difficulty of facing a player of Suarez’s talent: “He is something else. I said to Kenny that he never does what you expect him to do…You never know how to play him. He is just a bloody good player”. Steven Gerrard has been impressed with Suarez thus far and fellow new boy Jose Enrique described Suarez as “one of the best strikers in the world” as Kenny described him a ‘Kop legend’ already. Suarez actually made way for the return of Gerrard on Saturday and was visably furious when substituted, showing that the ugly side of Luis is never far away.
 

Suarez is a born winner who has become accustomed to success. Despite the actions of Suarez at the weekend; huffing and puffing, kicking water bottles, slouching in his seat like a sulking teenager, after being substituted against Wolves, he is happy at Liverpool but if Liverpool don’t improve their form quickly over the coming months and start to build a genuine challenge for the top four then the Suarez Time Bomb could explode in January.  If that happens, then regardless of what the manager says, the business man in John W. Henry is sure to look to make a tidy profit on his Uruguayan import as Europe’s best teams maintain a firm interest in this talented talisman.

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  1. Jason says:

    I think you have written an unfair and quite slanted article here. He has explained and apologised re: the Dracula incident for a start. Continually pillioring a player who has brought more verve to the premiership than some of the more vaunted players is more deserving of an article.
    You come off sounding very anti Liverpool, using the Suarez angle to hide the fact. I for one, am delighted he was angry at coming off. I also think it’s great to see him berate others who aren’t playing to their level. Shows passion and a desire to lay every minute of every game. I doubt Dalglish would mind either. I don’t remember everyone analysing the incident(s) where Rooney did the same to anywhere near the same extent.
    Oh and 1 last thing – get your facts straight – Suarez said as recently as the end of last season the it would be a dream to play for Barca (i think his agent is Pep Guardiolas brother).
    So i’ll leave it there as you’ll probably rewrite the article and replace the word “Madrid” with “Barcelona”. Why not (and hears a novel suggestion) write an article that doesn’t focus on “the dark side” TM Lucasfilm but instead has a look at his impact in the aftermath of Torres departure but on and of the pitch at Liverpool? Or isn’t that muckrakingly sensationalist enough for you?;)

    • TheCarbonero says:

      Jason,
      Thanks for your comments. I am a Liverpool fan myself and therefore hope that the rest of the Liverpool team can generate the same level of passion, drive and determination that Suarez has show. Yes, this article is designed to be controversial and start a debate. Yes, Suarez has in the past made heated spur of the moment decisions both on and off the field. The question remains, how long will Suarez stay at Liverpool if the team don´t meet the high standards he has set.
      In terms of the Barca – Madrid comments you may be right. My research led me to that quote, your may have lead you to another. Either way, having both Spanish giants interested in him helps neither of us as fans or the long term plans of Kenny and co.

      • Jason says:

        Very true – i don’t think Barca have room tbh and I have no love for Madrid fullstop. I think Gerrard will help. Suarez gets frustrated when people make the wrong choice – Gerrard is at the same level when on form. There is a decent spine (if Agger is fit especially) from Reina to Suarez but would you play Suarez with Kuyt, Bellamy or Caroll? Bellamy comes far closer to the ame Suarez plays. Champions league qualification is probably a must to keep Suarez on board. I think it’s very do-able.

        • TheCarbonero says:

          The problem Kenny has now is that Andy C. cost so much money. Can he afford to drop him? Personally, I would play him up top with Gerrard, get Kuyt back on the right side and keep Downing out on the left. Henderson has been ok in spells, but optimizes the topsy turvy form of the Liverpool squad.

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