5 Reasons Liverpool Should Hang on to Luis Suarez

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterMarch 15, 2012

5 Reasons Liverpool Should Hang on to Luis Suarez

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    Recent rumours indicate Liverpool's resolve could be tested this summer as oil-rich Paris Saint Germain are expressing a firm interest in Luis Suarez.

    So far, the Uruguayan has had a tumultuous time in England as his positive play has been overshadowed by the lengthy racism regarding Patrice Evra.

    With the amount of hatred shown by other fan bases towards the striker, no one would blame him for seeking a move to France.

    Here are five reasons why it is imperative Liverpool keep hold of their man this summer and look to build the team around him.

    Enjoy the slideshow!

Best Attacking Player

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    Quite simply, Luis Suarez is the best attacking player in Liverpool's team.

    Suarez is playing significantly better than the other strikers and midfielders when it comes to creativity and threatening the opposition goal.

    With Liverpool currently flailing in the league with almost no chance of securing UEFA Champions League football for next season, they shouldn't even contemplate selling one of the best players on their squad.

    The truth is, they wouldn't be able to sign a like-for-like replacement in quality.

    On the back of Steven Gerrard's Merseyside derby hat-trick this might seem a bit of an odd claim, but Suarez has been far more consistent over the course of the season.

Long-Term Replacement for Steven Gerrard?

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    I fully expect Steven Gerrard to be on the Liverpool team for two or three more seasons but will never again, over the course of a full season, make the impact we've become accustomed to.

    The one major criticism that has been leveled at Luis Suarez during his time at Liverpool is that he can't consistently find the back of the net.

    That criticism can actually be used for every single player on the Liverpool roster.

    For me, Luis Suarez is a playmaker.

    Suarez's versatility means he can play anywhere across the front line, be it cutting in from a wide position or sitting behind the striker.

    As Steven Gerrard is phased out of the team, the Uruguayan should be phased into his place.

Never-Say-Die Attitude

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    A common criticism of foreign players coming into the English Premier League is that their work ethic is not up to scratch.

    For a great example of this, please recall Robinho's time at Manchester City.

    No one can accuse Luis Suarez of having a poor work ethic—the guy runs himself ragged on the pitch every single match.

    Suarez puts his absolute all into games and having players as committed as that win you points on it's own.

    Martin O'Neill builds his sides on a strong work ethic and that's the main reason he gets them to overachieve.

    Right now, Liverpool need to overachieve to get UEFA Champions League football back at Anfield.

Unpredictability

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    One of the marks of a great player is his unpredictability.

    This is not strictly how many step-overs a player can do. It's about trying to anticipate what a player will do with the ball at his feet.

    Luis Suarez does crazy things with the ball.

    His presence in England was made with an unbelievable run to set up Dirk Kuyt's goal against Manchester United.

    Very recently against Arsenal, Suarez went on an incredible run, dancing through defenders, only to shoot just wide.

    You can never tell what he'll do and that makes him one of the most dangerous players in the game.

A Proper Strike Partner Will See the Goals Flow

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    At this moment in time, Luis Suarez shares the final third of the pitch with an under-performing Andy Carroll.

    The target striker had his best game for a while against Everton in the Merseyside derby but his link-up play throughout the season hasn't allowed Luis Suarez to flourish.

    A more dynamic, clever footballer is needed to lead the line and bring the best out of the Uruguayan in front of goal.

    In my opinion, signing Ezequiel Lavezzi would get the best out of Suarez.