Liverpool Transfer News: Luis Suarez's Future Appears Out of Club's Hands
The talented forward had an up-and-down year with the English club this season. As far as production goes, he had one of the best years of his career with 23 goals in league play, which ranked second behind only Manchester United's Robin van Persie.
His strong effort helped Liverpool feature one of the best offenses in the EPL, ranking fourth in goals scored. Unfortunately, the inconsistency only allowed the squad to finish in seventh place, far outside of qualification for the Champions League.
Additionally, Suarez had his own problems throughout the year. His season ended with a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. This punishment will carry over into the start of next season.
This led to many wondering if his positive contributions were worth the negative distractions. While Liverpool are debating this issue, however, the Uruguay player is ready to find a new club.
In an interview with El Pais, Suarez discussed his disappointment with how the season ended. According to Rik Sharma of the Daily Mail, he stated, "It disturbs me that Liverpool are not in the Champions League every season. I’ve suffered at Liverpool."
He also said that Liverpool should do a better job of listening to him, per Sky Sports:
First I have a contract with the club, but if one day I want to sign (for another club), Liverpool will hear the offer, as it does with other players. They must agree with other teams, but the word of the player, in this case mine, is important. If you need a change, you should listen to the player.
It appears that the club is finally ready to talk to the player, although it might be too late.
Bill Mills of Mirror Football reports that Suarez is "seeking to meet with the Anfield hierarchy immediately in a bid to force through his summer departure to Real Madrid." This meeting with Brendan Rodgers and chief executive Ian Ayre is set to take place when the player is finished with his duties with Uruguay.
Can Liverpool get a top-four finish without Luis Suarez?
If Suarez truly wants to leave, there is not much that can be done besides getting the maximum possible transfer fee for his services. It does not make much sense to keep around an unhappy player that was already a distraction to begin with.
The key for Liverpool will be to use that money to help replace the star player. They already acquired Iago Aspas, although he does not want to replace Suarez, according to Liam Twomey of Goal.com (via Yahoo! Sports). Still, there are more options out there to help the club move up in the league standings.
It will not be easy for the squad to move on without the world-class forward, but it seems to be the only option available.
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