Ultra-talented Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez's time at Liverpool has been a roller-coaster ride over the past couple seasons, but if the polarizing star has his way, his tenure may not last much longer.
According to Telegraph Sport, Suarez has officially expressed his desire to leave Anfield and bring his exciting brand of soccer elsewhere.
Luis Suarez confirms he wants to leave Liverpool: "My reason for leaving is not the money. I don't feel comfortable here any more." #lfc— Telegraph Sport (@TelegraphSport) May 31, 2013
Suarez claims that his true reason for wanting to leave relates to the media's treatment of him during his run at Liverpool, according to Simon Rice of The Independent.
It is a difficult moment for me, my coach and my colleagues know that they (the media) didn't treat me well.
Because of the paparazzi I could not go in my garden, I could not go to the supermarket.
Not surprisingly, some Liverpool fans haven't taken the news well thus far. According to Ed Malyon of Mirror, one disgruntled Reds fan posted a photo of Suarez's No. 7 jersey in flames.
The jersey-burning ceremony may have been premature, however, as Liverpool is saying publicly that it intends to keep him. Suarez's contract does not expire until June of 2017, and the Liverpool brass expects him to honor that contract, according to a statement the club released on its Twitter feed.
Luis Suarez is not for sale. LFC is fully supportive of Luis and expect him to honour his contract.— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 31, 2013
Neither Luis nor his representatives have communicated to the club a desire to leave.— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 31, 2013
That could certainly be lip service on Liverpool's part, but early indications suggest the Reds will do whatever it takes to talk Suarez out of his decision.
From a production standpoint, Suarez has been a success at Liverpool. In 96 career appearances for the Reds, Suarez has 51 goals and 24 assists, so he has been the squad's most consistent offensive player. He was especially good this past season as he tallied 26 goals and five assists while receiving consideration for multiple Player of the Year awards.
What should Liverpool do with Suarez?
Things haven't always been rosy for Suarez since joining Liverpool from Ajax, however. He has been involved in his fair share of controversy stemming from accusations of racism as well as ungentlemanly play on the pitch.
He once again made headlines for the wrong reasons this past season when he bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic on April 21. This resulted in a 10-match suspension, which Suarez is serving currently.
It remains to be seen if Liverpool will grant Suarez's wish, but if the Reds ultimately decide to move him, some team will have a very gifted, very volatile player on its hands.
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