Liverpool Transfer News: Steven Gerrard Comments on Possible Luis Suarez Move
As powerful as a manager's words may be, it's often the comments of a player that can inflict all the more impact.
As the captain of the club and an omnipotent Anfield figurehead, Gerrard's words are as good as gospel to many Reds and even those outside of Liverpool fandom. So, to hear the usually quiet skipper come out on such a subject so candidly should mean a lot to all parties concerned.
Giving his views on his teammate's immediate future, per the Mirror's Simon Mullock, Gerrard stated:
I don't want to disrespect Arsenal, because they are a fantastic club, but I don't see joining them as being a step forward for Luis.
There are only really two or three clubs he should leave this football club for if he is taking a step forward.
If we don't qualify for the Champions League this season he can go to Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich – and he can go with his head held high.
It's not a brand-new sentiment, given that others have also commented that moving to Arsenal may not necessarily better the Uruguayan's career.
However, by Gerrard commenting on the matter, it galvanizes the Reds' support of their striker anew. Just for their captain to speak on the subject is enough, but to reinforce his backing of the forward in a public forum is another statement of belief that Suarez can rescue his relationship with the fans.
As Jonathan Northcroft of The Sunday Times backed up on Twitter, there's also the notion that Suarez "owes" the club for how it's supported him in his time of need:
Gerrard said Suarez owes LFC another year: “Luis has to admit this club stood behind him. He’s got to stop and realise club has been fair"— Jonathan Northcroft (@JNorthcroft) September 1, 2013
Gerrard's words do promise to echo in a less amicable light, also. Around Anfield, the midfielder's opinion is quite arguably held in even higher esteem than Brendan Rodgers'.
So, for Gerrard to say Suarez can leave next summer should Liverpool not achieve a top-four place starts a form of timer on the forward's stay with the club.
Is Gerrard right to stand behind Suarez?
Although it would undoubtedly have been talked about in 2014 regardless, Gerrard has given the South American more of a route out, a way for him to defend himself this time next year should the Reds indeed fall outside the Champions League places.
Gerrard also went on to note Suarez's source of motivation, adding: "The one thing I can assure you, it's not about money with Luis Suarez." Again, such claims mean so much more to some when they come from the right person, and when it comes to Liverpool, there's no righter person to influence public sentiment.
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