Why Selling Luis Suarez Could Spell the End of Brendan Rodgers

John RichardsonCorrespondent IDecember 11, 2012

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 22:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool gestures during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Liverpool FC and BSC Young Boys at Anfield on November 22, 2012 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Luis Suarez has been the shining light for Liverpool in a subpar campaign thus far, and with the January transfer window looming large, Brendan Rodgers will be keen on securing his hitman's long-term future with the club.

Nearing the halfway point of the season, Rodgers' side find themselves in an uncharacteristic mid-table skirmish with the likes of Norwich City, Stoke City and West Ham United. Without their No. 7, however, the Reds would be in far worse shape.

Suarez has been prolific to say the least, tallying 13 goals in 22 outings.

Clubs from across Europe are beginning to take notice as his stock continues to rise.

Chelsea, Manchester City, Juventus and Atletico Madrid are all said to be interested in acquiring the Uruguayan (via International Business Times), but Suarez has recently squashed talk of any potential move by claiming via the BBC:

I'm at a club where I'm very happy, my family is happy, I've got fantastic team-mates and a manager from whom I'm learning so much. I'm at a club where I've always wanted to be.

Suarez has repeatedly stated his love for Liverpool, and while a move away from Merseyside seems unlikely, you can never be too sure with the large sums of money being thrown around in modern-day football.

Far too often have Liverpool fans been let down by the sales of their most influential players (e.g. Fernando Torres and Xabi Alonso), and just look at what happened to the managers who sold them.

Rafael Benitez and Kenny Dalglish were both sacked soon after their star players had departed.

If Rodgers truly prides himself on building squads for the future and developing youth, he will keep hold of his talismanic striker.

"El Pistolero" surely still has his best years ahead of him, and with the team on the up, who knows what they could achieve in the coming seasons.

Everyone knew that the beautiful, free-flowing football wasn't going to all come at once, but given time to develop at full strength, Rodgers' philosophy should begin to reap the rewards.