Liverpool Transfer News: Reds Shouldn't Sweat Potential Luis Suarez Departure
On Wednesday, the polarizing striker went on a Uruguayan radio show and made it seem like there's a possibility we may soon find out if that second part is true.
Here's a snippet of his comments, courtesy of The Guardian's Andy Hunter:
"I'm happy at Liverpool, I'm happy because of the fans. I made a mistake, I'm human, but [the press] talked about me in ways they shouldn't have. My family have suffered and things got out of hand. My daughter and my wife have suffered. I'm not prepared to continue to put up with the English press."
Asked about Real, he said: "I've talked to my agent, there's nothing concrete. To say no to Madrid would always be difficult and more so with the team they have. I have a contract with Liverpool, but it would be very difficult to say no to Real Madrid. There are a lot of rumours in the transfer period, but you never know until firm offers are made."
It's important to note that we are far from anything being concrete, so you need to take this with a grain of salt, but with a potential move at least on the horizon, we can begin looking ahead to the future.
Rest assured, despite his gaudy production, a lineup without Suarez isn't exactly a negative thing.
That's not to stay the 26-year-old isn't talented and full of potential. In fact, quite the opposite.
In 33 Premier League contests this season, the Uruguayan international scored 23 goals, had five assists and compiled an impressive 7.89 average match rating, which tied for the best in the EPL.
His ability to score from anywhere around the box—and often times outside the box—is world class.
But while those numbers are mighty impressive, some of Suarez's other stats are just as unsatisfactory. First this one, via WhoScored.com:
Luis Suárez: No player missed the target from inside the box more times in the Premier League this season than Suárez (42)— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) May 30, 2013
That, of course, has to do with pure volume, but this one is more telling, also courtesy of WhoScored.com:
Worst conversion rates in Europe's top 5 leagues 2012/13 (15+ goals): Ba 11.1%, Suárez 12.3%, Bale 12.7%, Modeste 13.0%, Aubameyang 13.9%— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) May 28, 2013
Moreover, Liverpool didn't exactly fall apart when he was out of the lineup either according to OptaJoe:
12 - In three PL away games without Luis Suarez this season, Liverpool have scored a total of 12 goals. Coping.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 12, 2013
Now add potential new signing Iago Aspas, who they have reportedly agreed a fee for according to the Liverpool Echo, into the mix, and that seemingly inevitable drop-off due to Suarez's departure suddenly seems unlikely.
While it's true that a potential attack of Suarez, Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho and Aspas is tantalizing, a trio of Sturridge, Coutinho and Aspas is still elite.
Of course, all of these are simply reasons Liverpool could continue to thrive on the pitch without their volume goalscorer. The off-the-field problems make Suarez even more expendable.
Losing Suarez would make Liverpool...
In 2011, he was banned eight games for racial abuse towards Patrice Evra. Currently, he's serving a 10-match ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic. Now this—openly stating that he's not 100 percent happy in England and would seriously consider a move to a different club, offer unseen. Not exactly the best thing for team morale.
Suarez is a terrific player with loads of skill. No one is doubting that. But are all of those problems and headaches worth it, especially for someone who's not nearly as efficient or irreplaceable as originally thought?
No player is bigger than the club. If Suarez wants to go, let him go. Liverpool has the talent to compete without him.
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