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Luis Suarez: When Will Liverpool Fans Realize That He Is the Problem?

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool looks dejected during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on February 11, 2012 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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H AndelAnalyst IIIFebruary 13, 2012

Liverpool fans need to realize that the problem is Luis Suarez, not Liverpool FC.

Contrary to what they think, many don't hate the club.

When people present their opinion on the Evra-Suarez saga, it isn't because they hate Liverpool, but because they have the dispassionate perspective that enables them to look at the situation differently than the average Liverpool fan would.

Take the handshake charade for example.

The immediate reaction of many tunnel-visioned Liverpool fans was to declare everyone the devil except the real culprit, Luis Suarez. 

"The media is out to get us," declared many. "No, here's a video evidence that shows it was Patrice Evra, not Suarez, who refused to shake hands," shouted a few absurd ones. "I hate Evra, I have no respect for him, what a slimy human being," chorus a whole chunk of Kopites.

See the comments section of any article with the names Suarez and Evra in them—Suarez comes off as a saint.

I think it's silly, and I know I will be latest target of abuse for saying so.

What has Suarez offered Liverpool this season? Nothing but trouble. The latest incident only makes this more evident.

Luis Suarez has let Kenny Dalglish down
Luis Suarez has let Kenny Dalglish downShaun Botterill/Getty Images

Few can fault Liverpool fans for choosing to believe Suarez not Evra. Fans will be fans.

But Liverpool fans ought to have realized  that what they choose to believe has little bearing on what really happened between Evra and Suarez that fateful day at Anfield in October.

 

Only Suarez and Evra know what really happened. One of them is lying. But here's a fact. The way Suarez has behaved hardly endears him to the side of truth.

In this latest twist, he has made his staunchest defender, Kenny Dalglish look small.

Here's what Phil McNulty says about it in reference to Suarez's assurance to both Dalglish and the club that he would shake hands with Evra:

Now clearly something went wrong here. If this was Suarez's plan, he obviously diverted dramatically and damagingly away from it. In the process he undermined his manager. If he did tell Liverpool he would shake hands with Evra, then failed to do so, even Dalglish - who as recently as Monday insisted he should never have served a suspension - may have words to say to Suarez.

Consider the following words:

When I went on TV after yesterday's game I hadn't seen what had happened, but I did not conduct myself in a way befitting of a Liverpool manager during that interview and I'd like to apologise for that.

Liverpool FC should be greater than any one player.
Liverpool FC should be greater than any one player.Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Of course, Suarez has now grudgingly apologized for not shaking hands, even though the world still waits for his apology to Patrice Evra. The apology though only comes after he has made the club look small in the eye of the world.

Here is Ian Ayre's statement on the latest incident:

We are extremely disappointed Luis Suarez did not shake hands with Patrice Evra before yesterday's game.

The player had told us beforehand that he would, but then chose not to do so.

He was wrong to mislead us and wrong not to offer his hand to Patrice Evra. He has not only let himself down but also Kenny Dalglish, his team-mates and the club.

It has been made absolutely clear to Luis Suarez that his behaviour was not acceptable.

For those who still can't but abuse anyone who dares to as much utter the name Suarez, consider the above statement carefully.

If Suarez can expressly mislead the club and Dalglish in this blatant way, what guarantee is there that he is the saint in the abuse saga?

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