Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Reds Should Part Ways with Disgruntled Luis Suarez
According to the Mirror's David Maddock, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is determined to keep Suarez at Anfield and fend off any interested clubs:
Rodgers has been determined not to bow to player power and insisted Suarez should join up with the squad in Australia once he had finished his summer break that was delayed by the Confederations Cup.
Rodgers has told the Uruguay international he will fight to keep him from the clutches of ANY English club, even if they trigger the £40million clause in the player’s contract that allows him to speak to interested parties.
But despite his greatness, Suarez has and will continue to be a major distraction for Liverpool this summer as long as he is a member of the squad. And if his heart is elsewhere, how valuable can he be to the Reds on the pitch in 2013-14?
Where will Luis Suarez be playing in 2013-14?
Sure, there's no replacing what Suarez brings in terms of production and star power, but Rodgers is better off moving forward with players who want to win—and, more importantly, want to be at Anfield. After all, Rodgers can't offer UEFA Champions League contention next season. For an elite forward like Suarez, that's more than enough motivation to want to play elsewhere.
It's not surprising that the Uruguayan international would want to take his talents to another European powerhouse this offseason, but for Liverpool to stubbornly and desperately hang on to Suarez in hopes that his desire will change is foolish.
There's no guarantee that Suarez will pour in another 20-plus goals next season anyway. And he proved toward the end of last year's campaign that he can be more controversial than valuable at times. Back in April, he was suspended for 10 games for biting Chelsea player Branislav Ivanovic.
If he wants out, his mind is wandering and his focus is lacking, he won't be the same weapon he has been for the Reds over the past two-and-a-half seasons.
There's obviously a huge impact to be felt if Suarez is moved this summer, that's for sure. But there's the potential for a longer-lasting negative impact if he remains unhappy at Liverpool.
For now, it appears that Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool are desperate to keep Luis Suarez at all costs. But with the star's discontent becoming increasingly apparent, the club has nothing positive to gain by keeping him around.
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