Liverpool Transfer News: Luis Suarez Comments on Possible Move, Life in England

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJune 11, 2013

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 19:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool performs a lap of honour with daughter Delfina after the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Queens Park Rangers at Anfield on May 19, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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If you perhaps thought Luis Suarez was making idle threats when he noted he wanted to leave Liverpool, you might want to think again.

The Liverpool striker recently opened up to television show RR Gol via Graeme Bailey and Mark Kendall of Sky Sports. He talked about his treatment from the English press and the FA, and shared his thoughts on Real Madrid. Spoiler alert—he had nothing but positive things to say about the Spanish club.   

He started with the English press:

Ever since I arrived I have felt bad, they have never judged me for my play but with the attitude that he dives, protests, makes gestures, racism... everything. They have never spoken well of me. For that reason, when I was told I could win the Player of the Year award, I said: "I will not get excited as I know that I will never win an important award in England."

He then focused his comments on the FA, comparing his suspension for racism to that of John Terry, saying, "Without any proof they gave me an eight-match ban, but with Terry, where they had proof, lip-readers, they gave him four. I'm South American and I think that's the root of all of this."

While he praised Liverpool and its fans—noting that many of them had been extremely supportive of him—and said it had always been his dream to play for the club, he also recounted a story where a group of fans asked him to take a photo, only to pose while making biting gestures in front of his wife and daughter.

Finally, he addressed the rumors that Real Madrid could be in his future:

I'm not sure if I see myself in the white (of Real Madrid), the only thing I know is that I have a contract. Any player would like to play for a great team and Real Madrid certainly are that.

Every player wants to reach the very top and Real Madrid are at the very top, but everything that has been said is just rumours, I have had nothing concrete.

Obviously Real Madrid is a great team and every player dreams about them; Real Madrid is Real Madrid and it's as high as you can go as a player and they will always tempt you.

While Suarez has tried very hard to paint himself the victim here, he does have to take accountability for the fact that his disciplinary record is far from spotless. Twice he's been suspended for biting a player, once with Ajax and once with Liverpool. 

Whether or not the punishment was just compared to Terry's suspension—and he does have a point about Terry's shorter ban being unjust—he still racially abused Patrice Evra. Like it or not, those actions open him up for criticism.     

At the end of the day, if Suarez doesn't want to remain in England, that's his choice. Obviously, he still has a contract to honor, but if a team comes to Liverpool with a huge transfer number, it would probably be best for both player and club to part ways.