Liverpool fans shouldn’t blame striker Luis Suarez for indicating he could consider a transfer to a club playing UEFA Champions League football.
Liverpool’s red hot Uruguay front man Luis Suarez has issued a come-and-get me-plea, of sorts, that will send shivers down the Merseysiders’ spine.
SOURCE: The Liverpool Echo
Liverpool supporters will read this morning’s back-page headlines concerning the future of highly-rated forward Luis Suarez with an element of dread, though few will be surprised that the Uruguayan star has ambitions to compete against the very best in Europe.
As so often is the case in modern-day football when domestic football takes a break for the international game to take its turn in the limelight, a player returns to his homeland and then the inevitable interview with the local newspaper produces headlines all across Planet Football.
And for the Reds’ supporters, players and management team, those headlines will not make for good reading as the 26-year-old has basically issued a come and get plea to any top-level European club side that is playing in the UEFA Champions League as of next season, something Liverpool most certainly will not be doing.
“If another team comes around with more prospects of competing in international club competition games, which is willing to have me, they are welcome,” Suarez is quoted as saying in this morning’s newspapers.
Ouch. However, can you really blame the striker, who has scored an eye-catching 29 goals in just 40 appearances for the club to date this season, a record that makes Suarez at present the top scorer in this campaign’s Barclays Premier League?
That is more goals that Manchester United’s much-lauded new signing, Netherlands international forward Robin van Persie, and more than the generally acknowledged best player in the top flight this season as well, Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Gareth Bale.
But, Suarez looks like ending the season around the mid-table mark with Liverpool, having also exited the three cup competitions that he may have also won in the early rounds, so it has hardly been a campaign with which to tell the grandchildren about back home in Montevideo.
This is a world-class international front man we are talking about here, a player who deserves to be strutting his stuff on Europe’s grandest stage next season, not slumming it fighting for mid-table obscurity, which could very well happen again under Brendan Rodgers.
Nevertheless, the fact that the player has a contract at Anfield until 2017 at least means that the Reds can now demand top dollar for their prize asset.