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There just isn't anything like the silly season in European football, is there?
The latest chapter in Suarez's potential transfer to Arsenal should heat things up a bit, especially between fans of the two teams, as Reds manager Brendan Rodgers basically came out and said Liverpool was a more important club on the world stage than Arsenal.
Oh no he didn't!
Here are Rodgers' comments, via Jim Daly of the Mirror:
I know what we are trying to build and grow, so why would you swap Liverpool to go to Arsenal?
I am not sure that it adds up, to be honest. Arsenal has a wonderful history in its own right but Liverpool is one of the biggest clubs in the world.
Okay, we might not be in the Champions League and haven't been for a while now but our competitors have grown around us and we have to step up to the challenge now.
Would it be a mistake for Luis to leave? 100%. The team was built around Luis last season. I made some big calls to get the team to work in a way to suit his strengths and it is no coincidence he had a great season apart from the end bit. We would love to have him to continue the next phase.
It is difficult for Luis, I understand that. If a team wants you, it can be difficult.
Well, let's break down why Suarez would want to make the switch to Arsenal, Mr. Rodgers.
For one, that whole Champions League thing is a pretty big deal. You know the one I'm talking about? That major competition between the top clubs in the world that Liverpool hasn't played in since 2009-10 but Arsenal has reached in 16 consecutive seasons?
Here's another reason: From top to bottom, Arsenal is the better team. And with Suarez and potentially another addition or two, Arsenal would be legitimate title contenders.
Liverpool might finish sixth this year, though if Everton retains Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini, Liverpool could finish seventh for a second year in a row.
At Arsenal, Suarez wouldn't be the team. Santi Cazorla had an incredible debut season for the Gunners last year. Theo Walcott became one of the most dynamic talents in the Premier League last year. Jack Wilshere is the next big thing for England. Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all talented players who would be mixed and matched in the attack.
Liverpool is a young and improving team, there's no question about that. But given the choice, what elite player wouldn't prefer to play for Arsenal over Liverpool if given the choice between the two?
Sure, you can argue that in Arsenal's now eight trophy-less seasons, Liverpool has bagged four pieces of hardware. And Liverpool's history of success is rivaled only by Manchester United in English football.
But right now, at this moment in time, Arsenal is the better team and would be an upgrade for a player of Suarez's abilities. Rodgers can try to diminish the Gunners all he likes in an effort to keep Suarez, but it seems unlikely to keep Suarez from pushing for a move out of Anfield.
This saga will continue on, of course. In that same Mirror report, managing director Ian Ayre is quoted as saying, "It's never been our intention to sell Luis. We've received two separate offers from Arsenal and rejected both. Luis remains a Liverpool player and is here with us in Thailand as part of our squad."
So the bids will keep on coming. Real Madrid will probably insert itself into the mix. More mean things might be said. Feelings will get hurt. Suarez might sulk. Liverpool fans will shake fists. Readers will continue to click on stories updating the madness.
It's the silly season, folks. There's nothing like it.
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