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Monday, Jan. 27
While it is all quiet on the Suarez front at the start of this crucial final week of the January transfer window, which will come as a huge relief to Liverpool fans, former Reds and Real Madrid star Steve McManaman has been speaking about the Uruguayan’s future at Anfield.
The ex-England international is in a unique position to be able to pass comment on whether the forward may end up joining Los Blancos, as has often been reported, being one of the few Liverpool players to have swapped Merseyside for the Santiago Bernabeu.
Should Brendan Rodgers’ side fail to finish this campaign in the top four of the Premier League and as a result miss out on next season’s UEFA Champions League, McManaman believes that Suarez will opt to quit the Reds, with the Spanish capital his most likely next destination.
Per the Independent:
For South American players, the appeal is always to play for the big teams in Spain.
I think that’s normal – anybody from Argentina, Colombia, Brazil – they all want to play in Europe but principally in Spain.
Speaking for the Latin Americans, it’s a lot easier to adapt and a lot easier to settle (in Spain) than it is elsewhere. Admittedly Luis Suarez has been playing in Europe and has been playing in Holland and now England and he speaks the language, so he has adapted to the lifestyle on this side very well.
But for him personally, it’s probably going to be all results driven if Liverpool finish in the Champions League spots. It’s easy to say that they’ll play in the Champions League but if they don’t, like for any other team these days, being in the Champions League is a bigger lure than anything else.
I think that is what will happen, as whoever doesn’t finish in the Champions League this year, whether it be Liverpool or Tottenham or anyone else, a lot of their players will be looking around.