Liverpool Transfer News: Luis Suarez Would Make Big Mistake Joining Man City

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistMarch 21, 2014

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 16:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 16, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Luis Suarez, a modern Liverpool legend and prolific Premier League goalscorer, would risk his career by joining Manchester City.

The Uruguayan striker is being touted for a move to the Etihad by Spanish publication Marca, who claim Manuel Pellegrini is ready to launch an ambitious attempt to sign the top flight's current top scorer.

City may possess heftier finances, developing training facilities and a greater shot at silverware, but Suarez would be a fool to trade in what he has at Anfield. Paul Gorst of the Mirror provides the details on Marca's report:

Despite seeing Suarez sign the £200,000-a-week deal late last year, City still feel they can snare the Uruguayan away from Anfield, and director of football Txiki Begiristain has held preliminary talks with the player, according to Spanish publication Marca.

It is unlikely that the Reds are willing to sell Suarez as they gear up for Champions League football next term, and City might have to bid upwards of £70m if they are serious about landing for the 27-year-old.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool takes on Joleon Lescott of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on December 26, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo b
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Such reports highlight how different Suarez's reputation has become. He appeared petulant and uncommitted to Liverpool throughout the summer, pleading with the club to let him go, per BBC Sport.

The Reds' decision to reject a £40 million and one pound bid from Arsenal saw him remain in Brendan Rodgers' plans, an occurrence that has proved to be pivotal to Liverpool's prospects throughout the season. Instead of taking flack from fans across the globe for munching on Branislav Ivanovic, Suarez is now more likely to make headlines for nutmegging the Serbian defender and slotting the ball home.

He has scored 25 goals in 24 appearances this year, per Suarez has also played all but five minutes of possible game time during this run, a luxury he would never be afforded at City.

Each of Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic have the talent to score 30 goals a season for the Sky Blues. This is unlikely to ever happen due to Pellegrini's rotational system, a tactic deployed as a result of City's expansive wealth.

As we can see below, City's forwards rarely see out an entire game, particularly at home:

Last Time City's Strikers Completed 90 minutes in the EPL
Sergio AgueroDec. 7, 2013.Southampton 1-1 Manchester City
Alvaro NegredoJan. 1, 2014.Newcastle 0-2 Manchester City
Edin DzekoMarch 15, 2014Hull 0-2 Manchester City
Stevan JoveticN/AN/A

Injuries must be taken into account, of course, but Edin Dzeko's most recent 90 minutes is largely due to the fact Vincent Kompany was sent off early against Hull. None of these players receive a constant run of entire games in which to improve their stats, something that would kill Suarez's momentum.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool competes with Nathan Dyer of Swansea City during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Swansea City at Anfield on February 23, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Bruns
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He works most avidly when receiving great responsibility. Although Suarez often appeared unloved under Kenny Dalglish, Rodgers has made sure the striker understands how important he is to the team. Suarez's runs are central to Liverpool's play, whether he holds the ball up, sprints onto a through pass or drags defenders out of position with a smart dart.

Aguero's importance is similar at City, but he is far more likely to be sacrificed. The Argentinian international has rarely completed a consistent run of 90-minute appearances since joining in 2011 and is unlikely to match the numbers of Suarez or say, last year's output from Robin van Persie, if he isn't left on the field.

Suarez is the type of player who needs to be challenged to perform.  He has worked hard to help Liverpool into a Champions League spot and would lessen his chances of lighting up the continent by agreeing an Etihad deal.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 08:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool is challenged by Bacary Sagna of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on February 8, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Gett
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Great players must remain on the pitch to continue impressing. A quick glance toward the stats of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi back this up. Ronaldo has missed minutes in just three of his last 19 appearances, while Messi has remained on the pitch for 14 out of his last 15 matches. Neither would continue their goalscoring runs if they were continually sacrificed.

Craig Hope of the Daily Mail outlined Yaya Toure as the City player "who bails City out when they need it most," overlooking Pellegrini's strikers. While this is no slight on the Ivorian midfielder, he wouldn't have to if City possessed a forward whose presence often continued beyond the 65-minute mark.

Suarez has it all at Liverpool. He enjoys responsibility, the admiration of fans and an explosive partnership with Daniel Sturridge. At 27 years old, these are the ingredients he needs to succeed in his prime.

A move to City would be a personal backwards step, despite the club's greater chances of silverware.