He has continued to prove this season that he is an elite goal scorer, and that has caught the eye of top clubs around Europe. The Uruguayan’s link to Juventus has provided the tabloids with the most fodder, and Suarez addressed the rumors head on.
Sky Sports’ Simone Bargellini notes that Suarez told Italian media outlet Mediaset the following:
I know (Conte wants me at Juventus) because it's been talked about quite a lot and I always read a lot of stories in the newspapers. But I'm very happy at Liverpool. It is a club where many people would like to play.
Whether it takes more signings or more wins, Brendan Rodgers must ensure that Suarez does not leave the club in January or this summer.
The 25-year-old has scored 10 times in league matches and with his two assists, he has had a hand in more than half of the team’s 22 goals this season. He has managed to remain productive despite having little help up top.
No other Liverpool player has scored multiple times this season, and Suarez always attracts a daunting amount of attention from opposing back lines.
His play has been truly exceptional given the circumstances, and if he were to leave, it is difficult to imagine where the team would find goals. While Fabio Borini’s impending return is an exciting prospect, he is not capable of carrying the scoring load by himself.
After a poor start to this campaign, the Reds have started a steady climb towards the top half of the table. But without Suarez, the club’s momentum would be completely reversed.
If the Uruguayan does move to Serie A, Liverpool’s attacking woes would become exponentially worse, and it is highly unlikely that the Reds would be able to equal their eighth-place finish from a season ago.
Where will Liverpool finish if Suarez does leave in January?
While taking 22 points from the first 16 games has put Liverpool well clear of any relegation talk, losing its only feared goal scorer would put the team on track for its worst finish in decades.
For a club with such a storied history, finishing in the bottom half of the table would be catastrophic. It would be difficult for Rodgers to survive such a scenario, and that would make him the third consecutive manager to last just one season at Anfield.
The constant changes and turmoil would not allow for the team to grow and rebuild, and Liverpool’s status as a mid-table team would continue to become the norm.
Whatever offers come through for Suarez, Liverpool must reject it and do everything possible to ensure that the Uruguayan remains content.