Steven Gerrard Fears Luis Suarez Might Leave Liverpool Amid Real Madrid Talk

Ben BlackmoreFeatured ColumnistDecember 16, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool celebrates scoring their fourth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane on December 15, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Steven Gerrard confessed Luis Suarez’s star performance against Tottenham was bittersweet due to the fact it only guaranteed the Uruguayan will become more in-demand next summer.

Gerrard watched Liverpool produce their best performance of the season to thrash Spurs 5-0 at White Hart Lane, with Suarez claiming two goals and three assists.

Liverpool’s current form, thanks to the phenomenal Suarez, has the club on course to head back to the Champions League, but Gerrard fears his colleague won’t be able to resist the lure of European giants if they come knocking, per Sky Sports:

We're lucky to have him and we need to enjoy him while he's here because if he keeps performances up like this, I hate to say it, but the big guns are going to be sniffing which is what we don't want.

Luis is the key to that (Champions League qualification). If he can stay in this form and keep producing good performances and goals like that, there's no doubt we'll finish in the top four and that's what Luis wants and that's what he deserves, he deserves to be in the Champions League. A player of that quality has to be in the Champions League.

The statistics produced by Suarez this season are quite staggering. He now has 17 goals in 11 Premier League games, having not been available until the end of September.

Liverpool’s talisman has scored more goals than the entire Spurs team and is clear at the top of the Premier League goalscorers chart.

Gerrard has always been a realist though. He knows Suarez is approaching a level similar to that of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, which means he will likely be offered mega money to play in a more appealing climate for one of the two biggest clubs in Europe.

Premier League Top Scorers
Luis SuarezLiverpool17
Sergio AgueroMan City13
Daniel SturridgeLiverpool9
Romelu LukakuEverton8
Aaron RamseyArsenal8
Loic RemyNewcastle8
Wayne RooneyMan Utd8
Yaya ToureMan City8
BBC Sport

James Dickenson of the Daily Express reported in November that Madrid were set to renew their interest in the forward, while back in the summer Suarez confessed he would love to play for either Real or Barcelona, per David Kent of the Daily Mail.

The problem for Liverpool is that it might prove difficult to keep Suarez even if they finish in the top four. Champions League football would strengthen their bargaining position, but the Reds still would be unlikely to offer him the wages or grandeur of playing in the Bernabeu or Camp Nou in front of over 80,000 supporters.

A greater influence on Suarez would be if Liverpool proved this season they are genuine contenders for silverware. Right now the Reds are two points off the top spot.

If they beat Cardiff in next week’s early kick-off, they will go top for over 24 hours ahead of the clash between leaders Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates.

Liverpool’s pummelling of Spurs proves the Anfield club are becoming a force under Brendan Rodgers, but a mere top four finish may no longer be enough…at least in the case of Suarez.