Liverpool forward and Uruguayan International, Luis Suarez, has once again found himself in the headlines, this time over the rumours that Manchester City are in the hunt for his signature. According to ESPN the defending English champions have considered tabling a £40 million bid for Suarez.
Despite this, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been quick to crush surfacing reports, affirming that Suarez is not for sale. In an interview about Suarez's future at Anfield, Rodgers said:
There will be no bidding war - Luis Suarez is staying here.
He's not for sale. If we lost Luis then we would have no strikers, so I don't think we can afford to lose anyone.
He's certainly not someone we want to sell or move on. He's been a brilliant player to work with and we want to add to our squad, not take people out of it—especially a world-class player.
There is no doubt that since Suarez's arrival from Ajax in 2011, Liverpool's attack have largely been set-up to accommodate Suarez's talent. This season, he has notched up eight goals for the Reds and is largely proving to be one of the best players in the English Premier League—if not the best.
It can also be argued that any move to Etihad Stadium would prove detrimental to the career of the Uruguayan. City manager Roberto Mancini already struggles to offer adequate playing time to the likes of Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli, the addition of Suarez would not do this any justice—potentially opening the door for departures.
Off the field, Liverpool's No. 7 isn't shy of the headlines either. Amidst controversial goal celebrations, press conferences and the infamous Patrice Evra incident, he has proved somewhat of a handful to handle. If a move to City does eventuate, I most certainly am excited to see what he and Mario Balotelli get up to between games.
Suarez continued his goal scoring form this season, netting his 30th goal for Uruguay in their friendly with Poland. Liverpool currently sit in 13th position in the Premier League and will welcome Wigan to Anfield this weekend.