Just over a year since his arrival in the January transfer window, it can definitely be said that Luis Suarez has made more than a little impact on these shores. Since announcing his arrival with that dazzling performance against Man United in a 3-1 win, he has been almost untouchable on the pitch.
However confrontation and controversy seem to follow the little Uruguayan maestro wherever he goes. There was “that” handball against Ghana in the 2010 World Cup Quarter Final, and he also took a bite out of an opponent while playing for previous club Ajax of Holland. And then there was the incident with Patrice Evra in October that has made him infamous in the football world.
Although I can see the benefits of him leaving Liverpool, it could be hugely detrimental to the team.
He is absolutely the driving creative force for the Reds. There is no one who could step up and do the job he does, bar some unproven wonderkids in the under 18’s. There’s also the vital issue of Champions League qualification – nearly impossible without Suarez.
But on the flipside, if Suarez leaves, Liverpool could possibly shake off the racist moniker that surrounds the club at the moment. Kenny Dalglish has definitely damaged his almost untouchable reputation with his defence of Suarez. And with the interest in Suarez being shown by the oil-money backed PSG, Liverpool could make a profit from the sale of Suarez that might potentially make up for the loss of the little playmaker. With a reported bid of at least £45 million this summer, Liverpool could replace him with a proven goalscorer. It must be said that Suarez’s shots to goals ratio is definitely below par for a team aiming for a top four place.
Liverpool are facing a difficult challenge this summer. Selling Suarez could save them face and make huge profits for the club. Or they could keep him and potentially lose the reputation of a world famous team. We’ll have to wait for July to find out.
Over to you, Kenneth…