However, if Suarez continues to cause problems on the field—with his mouth, not feet—then Liverpool could be poised to get rid of him.
Suarez was recently given a 10-match ban after he bit Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in his arm, according to USA Today. This isn’t the first time that Suarez has been sidelined for an extended period of time, though, as USA Today reports. He was suspended seven games for a similar offense back in 2010 and was dealt an eight-game ban for making racist remarks toward Manchester United’s Patrice Evra in 2011.
Suarez just hasn’t learned how to control his emotions, which would give Liverpool more than enough reason to get rid of him at the next opportunity.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers told the following to David Maddock of The Mirror.
“Listen, every player has their price but there’s certainly no pressure for the club to sell him. We’re trying to build that bit of quality so he’s not for sale. [...]
“People will want to take him, but I think we all recognize how integral he is. The owners have been absolutely unequivocal in their resolve in terms of wanting to keep him.”
Rodgers says that “He knows he did wrong.” Well, if Suarez knows that he’s done the wrong thing in the past, then why do these problems continue to happen? Getting suspended multiple games for counts of stupidity doesn’t help Liverpool in any way, shape or form.
Sure, Suarez’s numbers with Liverpool make him tough to move. He scored 23 goals and had five assists in 33 games for Liverpool in the Premier League. That production will be difficult to make up should the Reds decide to pursue other options.
B/R’s Tim Daniels recently wrote that Liverpool has made a lot of progress lately and getting rid of Suarez “would stop that progress in its tracks.” He also opines that unless Liverpool will get a ton of money from another club, it shouldn’t move him.
Daniels is correct in saying that progress would certainly be slowed down—if not stopped—without Suarez on the Reds. Still, it shouldn’t take that much money to convince Liverpool that his time with the club should come to an end.
In any deal for Suarez, Liverpool would already be getting a bundle of cash, and with the several headaches he’s given them over the years, the Reds should pull the trigger if another club is willing to go deep in its pockets for him.
B/R’s Jerrad Peters brings up a great point in saying how cautious owner John Henry is about the club’s brand value. Biting opponents and making racists remarks isn’t going to help the Reds’ brand value no matter which way they try to spin it.
Peters couldn’t be more correct when he says that because of Suarez’s problems, Henry would do well to entertain offers for him.
Rodgers did tell The Mirror that ownership wants to keep Suarez, but after how many more incidents will that opinion change? In order for Liverpool to keep its brand image above water, Suarez needs to go.
Suarez may score a lot of goals and help Liverpool win match after match, but the risk of having him on the club is no longer worth the reward.