Striker Luis Suarez's tenure with Liverpool has been controversial to say the least, but there is no denying what he brings to the table. With that in mind, Reds officials must do everything possible to hang onto him moving forward.
According to Sky Sports Football, Suarez has expressed interest in playing for Real Madrid in La Liga, so his status with Liverpool is certainly shaky at best:
Suarez has had his issues with Liverpool, so it isn't particularly shocking to find out that he would embrace a potential move.
According to Joe Mewis of Mirror Football, Suarez told Uruguayan television program RR Gol that he hasn't yet been courted by Real Madrid, but he wouldn't object to a transfer:
Every player would like to play for a huge team, and Real Madrid is a huge team. Every player wants to reach the top and Real Madrid are one of the top clubs, but everything that has been said so far is just speculation, I haven't received any concrete offers.
I don't know if I will become a Madrid player, the only thing I know is that I have a contract.
His contract runs through 2016, so Suarez doesn't really have much leverage at this point. If he decides once and for all that he wants to leave Anfield, however, The Reds will essentially have to move him. It would be counterproductive to have an unhappy player on the roster.
There are likely several contributing factors to Suarez's unhappiness with Liverpool, but he was especially critical of the local media, according to Mewis:
The press have made me feel bad since the moment I arrived in England, they have never judged me on how I play football, they judged me on my attitude.
Suarez is known as somewhat of an enigmatic player, and his actions on the pitch would seem to confirm that. Two particular incidents over the past couple of years have badly hurt Suarez's reputation as he has become a problem child.
The first came back in 2011 when Suarez was accused of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra. Suarez was banned for eight matches, and although he continued to deny wrongdoing, the fact that he was disciplined naturally led people to believe that he was a bad person.
Suarez didn't do himself any favors this past season as he was once again suspended. This suspension stemmed from an incident that saw him bite the arm of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. Suarez was banned for 10 games, and he is serving that suspension currently.
Perhaps Suarez is simply misunderstood, but it's easy to see why he may want to move to Real Madrid or anywhere else for that matter. He has brought much of the criticism upon himself; however, he could use a clean slate so that he can begin to rebuild his reputation and put these incidents behind him.
Maybe that would be best for Liverpool in the long run as well, but The Reds will take a significant hit if they get rid of Suarez. Liverpool finished a disappointing seventh in the EPL standings last season, and they aren't going to get any better without Suarez in the fold.
Suarez scored 30 goals and added 11 assists in 2012-13, so he was a key cog in Liverpool's attack. He was often left to his own devices as he wasn't given much help, but as his teammates continue to develop, he figures to get even better.
Liverpool may be a team on the upswing, but that won't be the case if Suarez leaves.
There is no question that Suarez is a headache at times, but he is also one of the most talented players in the world and Liverpool simply isn't in a position to walk away from talent at this point.
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