Ben Gold’s first piece for This Is Anfield looks at this summer’s Luis Suarez transfer saga, and the implications if the Uruguyan was to leave Liverpool this summer.
There is rarely a quiet day at Anfield when Luis Suarez is around, and with reports linking the Uruguayan with a move to Real Madrid, I believe the possibility of the striker’s departure could potentially benefit Liverpool next season.
Don’t get me wrong, to see Suarez leave would be disappointing, however, we have to look at both sides of the story and realistically look at the bigger picture.
It has become well documented that Suarez is frustrated with the way the media treats him, and his comments indicate to me his desire to further his footballing career elsewhere.
Undoubtedly, Suarez is one of the best strikers in the world and his goal scoring record, both domestically and internationally proves this, but we have to look at the positives if the striker is to part with the club.
We have already seen the introduction of some fresh players through the doors at Anfield, with Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto to name a couple, and this shows that Brendan is looking to build which all Liverpool fans can agree is a positive step forward.
Aspas has the potential to be a good bit of business for Rodgers and Liverpool, after scoring 12 goals and making 11 assists for a team that was almost relegated from La Liga last season.
The £7 million price tag isn’t bad for a forward these days and with some quality around him, he could develop to be a good player for Liverpool.
Nonetheless, I can appreciate that the players brought in will have a few of us scratching our heads with little knowledge about them. However, if Suarez was to depart from Anfield Rodgers will be licking his lips at the possibility of being given £40 million to add to his transfer budget.
With the early indications that Rodgers means business in the transfer window, it is surely an exciting prospect that with a generous budget and the mentality to improve the squad, Rodgers could bring some much needed quality and depth to his side.
The potential departure of Suarez could also be a bit of a break from the media for Rodgers and Liverpool.
If Suarez left the newspapers would have to find another player to fill the back pages and headlines, which could help take the pressure off the players and really give Rodgers a chance to focus on playing rather than off-field matters.
When it comes down to it, it’s what happens on the pitch that is most important and Rodgers needs to be able to focus on this rather than dealing with problems that are being caused elsewhere.
With Man Utd, Man City, Chelsea and even Everton all changing their managers over summer, the media are going to be heavily focused on the performances of those teams, and so the more Liverpool can stay out of the media spotlight, the more likely the players and staff are to be concentrating on achieving a successful season.
The next step…
I hope from this people can actually understand that yes, it would be a shame to lose Suarez as he is a world class player and his time at Liverpool has indicated this however, the problems off the pitch are certainly not helping the club progress.
I can also appreciate the situation Suarez finds himself in, whether you agree the treatment he receives from the media is unfair or not, the bigger picture is we are holding back a world-class player from European football.
You can’t question his loyalty or his passion for the game, and at the end of the day I wouldn’t feel like I’d been stabbed in the back if Suarez left.
The decision has to be made quickly, after all we can’t have this saga dragging out all summer giving Rodgers no time to rebuild and so it is only fair that Suarez and the club part sooner rather than later.
Let’s hope that the decision made will help Rodgers progress and is in the best interest of Liverpool Football Club.