Suarez departure would hurt Premier League
Published: 19.06.13 / Written by: David Gold
Luis Suarez has taken the opportunity to talk about his desire to leave Liverpool whilst on international duty recently.
With his native Uruguay, the Liverpool striker has felt at ease to discuss the problems he faces in England and the reasons why he is looking to leave Anfield this summer if possible.
The revelations will have hurt Liverpool, who did have hope that they would keen Suarez, particularly given the way they have defended their player during his scandal hit time in the Premier League. Last year they vehemently backed him up during the dispute with Patrice Evra, and this season they defended Suarez when the media went over the top following the biting incident involving Branislav Ivanovic.
Suarez has a point too when he claims that the English press have been unfair on him. He is a player, unlike many others, whose indiscretions are solely on the pitch, rather than off it, and so to pester him and his family outside his home and when he is out and about is crossing a line, wrong and immoral. The English press have a huge portion of blame in this unsavoury dispute.
But the Uruguayan has a useful excuse to blame a departure upon now with the press. He can legitimately complain about the way he is being treated and say, look this is why I must leave. And he can pull at the heartstrings by complaining about not being able to take his daughter out without being harassed. But is it actually covering up the fact that he wants to play in the Champions League? Liverpool are a great side, but they aren’t even in Europe next season. Is this who he wants to play for during the best years of his career? Particularly when he could pick from Europe’s best teams, with Real Madrid said to be keen and Bayern Munich appointing Pep Guardiola, who just so happens to be the brother of Suarez’s agent.
As it is, it seems likely that Suarez may end up somewhere else this summer. But Liverpool could end up £50 million richer. Manchester United and Arsenal have shown, when selling Cristiano Ronaldo and Thierry Henry respectively, that selling your big name talisman is not necessarily the end of the world. In both cases talented squads took it upon themselves to take more responsibility individually without a superstar to funnel their play through. Liverpool have some good players and will undoubtedly sign more this summer particularly if they take a big transfer fee for Suarez. They can benefit from this move too.
The big losers in a Suarez transfer will be the Premier League and English press. The Premier League because it will have lost one of its icons. Suarez is arguably the best player in the league, its most impressive international star. The Uruguayan’s skill and talent will be sorely missed by all. And the press will have to find another foreigner to vilify in Suarez’s absence. No longer will they be able to harass him and his family. They are the ones who stand to lose out most in this particular story.