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Luis Suarez's Departure from Liverpool Would Be Best for Both Parties

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 07:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Anfield on April 7, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJune 3, 2013

It's hard to imagine how losing a player like Luis Suarez, who scored 30 goals and added five assists last season, would be beneficial for Liverpool. That is not easy production to replace, especially when it comes from just one player. 

But I'll give it a stab nonetheless, because let's be honest—it's time for Suarez and Liverpool to part ways. 

On Liverpool's side, detaching themselves from the controversies Suarez inevitably embroils himself in makes sense. This is a club trying to rebuild itself under Brendan Rodgers; one trying to reestablish itself as a preeminent side in European football. 

This is also a club that is losing veteran defender Jamie Carragher, while the face of Liverpool, Steven Gerrard, is 33 years old and nearing the end of his career. In other words, the Reds will need new leadership to step up and a new figure to endorse as Anfield's leading man very soon. 

Will the club really want that man to be Suarez? This is the man who has now been suspended for 18 games in the past two seasons, the first coming for racist abuse of Manchester United's Patrice Evra, the second coming after he bit Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic late this season.

Plus, he's already said he doesn't feel comfortable and wants to leave the club. Who wants to keep a player who wants to be somewhere else?

Besides, Liverpool has needs across the pitch. Selling Suarez could bring in as much as £50 million to add to the summer budget, allowing the team to target players like Christian Benteke, Christian Eriksen or David Villa to join new addition Iago Aspas.

Given Rodgers' possession-based system, it may be better for Liverpool to add several players across the pitch who can score rather than rely so heavily on Suarez's production. And given Daniel Sturridge's excellent form since joining the club, the team has to feel positive about the prospect of him leading the line.

So yes, you can make a case for Suarez's departure being good for Liverpool. 

And if we're being honest, a new start for Suarez at a different club makes sense as well. Suarez needs to detach himself as much as possible from his past transgressions, and the best way to do that may be to simply separate himself from Liverpool itself. 

He is so unbelievably talented, and it would be a real shame if it was the controversies we remembered. 

Plus, if teams like Real Madrid or Bayern Munich come calling, he'll have the chance to play Champions League football, something he would be fighting tooth and nail to help Liverpool qualify for next season. At Real Madrid or Bayern Munich, however, it's a given. 

In the end, this divorce makes sense for both sides, even if Liverpool will likely play the role of jilted lover and demand Suarez honor his contract in one breath so they can negotiate a higher transfer figure in the other. It's a game of leverage now. 

And it's a game Liverpool can still win if they ultimately move Suarez. At this point, keeping him no longer makes sense. 

 

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