Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has had enough with English football, but that doesn’t mean he should be looking for a new home.
As quoted by Andy Hunter of The Guardian, arguably the best striker in the Premier League wants a transfer this summer. He wants it to be to a club that will take him away from the media he feels has unfairly targeted him for more than two years.
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. My reason for leaving is not the money. It's my family and image. I don't feel comfortable here anymore.
There’s something to be said for wanting privacy and solitude, but in all reality, will Suarez find that anywhere else?
Even if the answer to that question is “absolutely,” Suarez is making a poor decision in forcing Liverpool’s hand.
As Hunter noted, Suarez has left no doubt he no longer wants to be at Anfield going forward. Even if the Reds don’t immediately seek a deal to sell the star, this situation is destined to end poorly for both parties.
For Suarez, leaving the Premier League for greener pastures might seem like a wise decision in the short-term, but the grass isn’t always greener. By punching his ticket out of England, the 26-year-old is effectively burning bridges he may want to cross later in his career.
And for all the talk of Suarez already taking one step out the door, there’s still the matter of Liverpool not wanting to sell him. According to Hunter, the Reds would consider selling him, but only for more than £50 million—a hefty sum that will undoubtedly scare away a bevy of potential suitors not willing to shell out that kind of money for a player who carries some baggage to go along with his incredible scoring ability.
It comes as no surprise that Liverpool is unwilling to sell a top-notch striker like Suarez, especially with most of his freshly inked four-year contract still to be played out. Despite his off-pitch shortcomings, Suarez has incredible talent, and he’s a key piece to Liverpool’s quest for EPL glory.
In forcing their hand, Suarez is squandering a tremendous opportunity and leaving Liverpool without many options. An acrimonious split may be in the cards, but if no club is willing to pay £50 million to acquire him, he’s likely to find himself in an even more hostile environment with no escape route.
If Suarez wants to salvage his “image,” he would be wise to avoid the spotlight, settle in to his four-year contract and focus on playing football for a club that gives him a terrific opportunity to win.