Uruguayan should give the Reds at least one more season of his best form.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez will reportedly have the pick of Europe’s top clubs this summer, with Bayern Munich, Juventus and Barcelona all thought to be keen on the prolific Uruguayan.
Suarez has emphatically dispelled the myth – perpetuated last season under Kenny Dalglish’s management – that he lacks the killer instinct to complement his classy build-up play.
Twenty-two Premier League goals in 29 appearances for a Reds side who have struggled at times this season is a fine return and its not hard to see why the likes of Barca are monitoring Suarez’s progress.
A move to the Nou Camp – or indeed the Allianz Arena or Turin Stadium – is tricky for any player to turn down but Suarez should stay loyal to Liverpool and remain at Anfield for at least one more season.
The Patrice Evra situation was handled dreadfully by player and club but Liverpool supported Suarez ferociously and unapologetically throughout the sorry saga, to the point where the club’s image and the reputation of Dalglish became almost as tainted as Suarez’s.
Although he has arguably repaid some Liverpool’s faith with his goals this season, the Anfield faithful deserved one more year of the forward’s services.
It’s worth remembering that Liverpool took a chance of Suarez, paying Ajax £22.8 for him in January 2010 and have continued to stand by the controversial forward, amid continuous accusations of cheating. The club deserve more than one season of Suarez at his best. If they cannot match his ambitious at the end of next year, it’d be hard to begrudge him a move.
Dalglish’s successor Brendan Rodgers is assembling a promising side on Merseyside and with Philip Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling in support next season, Suarez will be a part of one of the most dynamic and exciting front lines in the Premier League.
Damaging defeats against West Brom and Southampton mean the Reds will not challenge for a Champions League place in this season’s run-in but there is compelling evidence that they will be in the mix next season, particularly if Rodgers can sign a pair of quality centre-backs in the summer.
Liverpool are a huge club will demand mega money for Suarez should he depart but without Champions League football to offer they will struggle to attract a replacement in the same class.
At 26, the former Ajax man is coming into his prime but there is still plenty of time to move abroad if Liverpool do not kick on next season. Saurez’s head will no doubt be turned this summer but he should repay Liverpool’s faith and spend one more year, at least, at Anfield.