Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool revolution may come too late for Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez has been heavily linked with a move away from Anfield.
Luis Suarez, Liverpool's infamous yet unbelievable number seven has been heavily linked with a move away from Anfield.
Rumours first spread of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester City being interested in the 26-year-old striker but now Suarez has been linked with a move to Bayern Munich in the summer, in what could be new coach Pep Guardiola's first signing for his new club.
Suarez is undoubtedly a very talented player and so his bad reputation doesn't seem to have put Europe's elite clubs off trying to sign him.
The Uruguayan is notorious for incidents like being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra and for biting PSV Eindhoven's Otman Bakkal whilst playing for Ajax.
Suarez, who is perhaps a misunderstood figure by those who don't know him, doesn't seem to be phased by the taunting and booing he tends to receive when he picks up the ball away from the comfort of Anfield.
The performance levels of Liverpool's star forward if anything increase when he is abused by crowds.
Most notably, Suarez was jeered early in the season against Norwich at Carrow Road, especially after missing a great chance.
However, from the resultant goal-kick played out short by the Norwich ‘keeper John Ruddy, he proceeded to win the ball off the Norwich centre back Michael Turner before putting it cleverly between his legs and then drilling a strike with the outside of his right boot in to the far corner of the net.
That, the second goal of a Suarez hat-trick in a 5-2 Liverpool win, certainly silenced the Norwich fans.
Liverpool fans may rest assured that Suarez will be at their club for years to come providing more splendid performances like the one against Norwich.
Suarez has since then, on a number of occasions, told of his love for Liverpool and that he could only dream of playing for a club like the Anfield side.
Suarez also signed a long term contract last Summer. This all sounds a bit familiar though, a man known as Fernando Torres was also a hero of The Kop at one stage but then despite claiming great loyalty to the club left in search of regular Champions League football.
Despite clear signs that Brendan Rodgers' young Liverpool side are beginning to gel into a good team that can, with a solid core of more experienced players like Steven Gerrard and Daniel Agger, compete with the best, the process may be too slow for Suarez.
Liverpool's inconsistency this year means that, though it isn't out of reach, securing a place in next year's Champions League will be extremely difficult which could leave Suarez very frustrated.
A player of his calibre who has led Uruguay to a Copa America triumph, whilst beating players like Lionel Messi to win player of the tournament shows he deserves to be playing amongst Europe's elite club sides.
Liverpool will become an elite side again, but is this work-in-progress unfair on Suarez who has been the shining light in a mediocre year for Liverpool so far?
Suarez is 26 now, so he will probably peak in his career over the next few seasons and an even younger Liverpool squad may not peak with him so perhaps he should take his talents elsewhere.
Suarez falls behind only the prolific Robin Van Persie in the race for this season's Premier League Golden Boot Award with 18 goals in 26 games so far this campaign.
Suarez has also scored an impressive 30 goals in 61 international games for Uruguay so why wouldn't any current Champions League club be willing to pay in the region of £40 million for a striker who has proved his worth on a club and international level, with a ratio of more than one goal every two games?
Suarez's heart does seem genuinely set on staying with Liverpool, and bringing back Champions League football and more silverware to Anfield.
Only Suarez himself knows where his future lies – but the Liverpool forward leaving for pastures new would be a tragic loss for Liverpool and for the Premier League.
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