When the darling buds of May are out, someone will likely make an offer for Luis Alberto Suarez Díaz. A sum no doubt that will cause Midas’ fingers to blister and bleed—as well they should.
If Suarez’s 111 goals in 159 total appearances in all competitions during his three-and-a-half seasons at Ajax cost Liverpool a reported £22m, then the 1.84 goals per game ratio in the 90 games he has played for Liverpool FC so far means his departure will only see that number rise.
At 26, Suarez is in his prime. Many a defender has given birth to kittens while minding the Liverpool ace this season. Trying to encapsulate the essence of what makes the mercurial striker what he is, is like trying to nail pudding to a tree. But where definition might be viscous, talent and consistency is concrete.
Suarez has spoken of his happiness and commitment in helping to return the club he “dreamed of playing for" to its former glory. But Fernando Torres might give fans reason to question their current striker’s conviction. Within five months of insisting: “My commitment and loyalty to the club and to the fans is the same as it was on my first day when I signed,” Torres had handed in a transfer request.
Suarez could be enticed to stay by the club’s history and burgeoning potential thereby adding his own threads to the already richly woven No. 7 jersey on the Liverpool Football Club tapestry. But is the adulation of a fanbase that hasn’t traveled to the more exotic locales of Champions League fixtures since 2010 enough to stop him from going to a team that will?
Brendan Rodgers believes so and has said as much in a recent interview. Managing director, Ian Ayre, has also reiterated that recent financial reportings are not cause enough to sell Suarez. The reported raise in the top scorer’s weekly wage packet would seem to reinforce that assertion.
But belief and promises are fleeting in the footballing world. They are used as much as red herrings to mask a darker design as they are to reassure the faithful.
However, staying in L4 may not be any of their decisions to make. Good business practice alone dictates that FSG at least entertain some bids. But “sound” and “business practice” are words that have not pealed around the halls of Anfield in recent years, and with the ugliest word of all—debt—surfacing, selling off their most marketable asset would ensure some liquidity.
Given the clockwork-like scoring performances that the Uruguayan has put in throughout his career, his sale by the club would be extremely short sighted. Given the Liverpool Echo’s claims that the club’s return to success is paved with Champions League gold, getting rid of the trailblazer to that path seems ill advised.
Far be it from The Clash’s prophetic lyrical styling to either steer Suarez’s decision to stay at Anfield or to return to continental climes, but they do fit. If he stays there will be trouble, and if he goes it will be double.