Luis Suarez departure would undo Liverpool's progress

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Luis Suarez has gone from strength to strength this season, establishing himself as not only one of the Premier League's but also one of the world's most outstanding attacking forces.

To only label him as one of the planet's most lethal strikers would not do justice to the Uruguayan's mesmerising all-round game that has virtually carried the Liverpool team with his box of tricks, flicks and goals proving priceless in an otherwise underwhelming campaign.

His selection in the PFA Team of the Year was due recognition, and if not for his idiotic biting antics on Branislav Ivanovic, he may well have scooped the Golden boot and PFA Player of the Year gong.

In light of the enigmatic forward's latest round of controversy that has seen him slapped with a whopping 10-match ban, rumours of a move away from Anfield have gathered momentum.

The man himself has remained defiant in seeing out his Liverpool contract and has no plans to leave the Reds, but with the club fuming over his biting incident, there are no guarantees that he will stay on for next season.

Bayern Munich are known to be keen admirers of the former Ajax man and could attempt to lure him to the Allianz Arena amid rumours that star striker Mario Gomez is seeking new pastures. It would take a staggering fee, but the Bavarian giants are enjoying one of their most fruitful periods on and off the field and could certainly test their resolve if incoming manager Pep Guardiola sees Suarez as a key man to mould his all-conquering Munich side. Whilst the Uruguay international's chances of leaving Liverpool remain slim at present, a lot could happen in the summer so anything is possible.

The loss of Liverpool's new talisman would be a gigantic blow for Brendan Rodgers in a season that has not yielded any silverware nor Champions League qualification, but has shown a marked improvement in consistency where the gap between Liverpool's best and worst football has gotten closer than in previous campaigns.

A lack of consistency has plagued the Merseyside outfit ever since Rafael Benitez was dismissed in 2010, but under Rodgers the Reds have put teams near the bottom to the sword with a new found ruthlessness and have been more than competitive against the top teams.

Rodgers was brought in from Swansea thanks to his impressive smooth and swashbuckling style of football, and has done well in his first season to implement his attacking 4-3-3 system that has yielded 67 league goals, the third highest in the Premier League.

Suarez has contributed 23 goals in the league which is a considerable chunk of their total, but more so than the incredible form that has seen him net 30 times and provide 11 assists in all competitions, is the fact that for Rodgers, Suarez epitomises his footballing philosophy.

Rodgers has players at his disposal such as Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge, Suso, Joe Allen, Oussama Assaidi and Fabio Borini who are all technically gifted players that are comfortable with his passing football. They are all young and represent the future of the club, where Rodgers envisages a future of cultured and technically superior brand of football being played at Anfield.

None are the complete article yet, but have immense potential and with their talisman Suarez leading the way as the prototypical Rodgers player, it will only enhance their chances of developing into quality attacking threats. Liverpool have been ridiculed for their descent into mediocrity in recent years, but under Rodgers new signs of legitimate hope and promise have emerged in an encouraging season that will warm the hearts of Liverpool supporters who so dearly want their team to challenge for the games highest honours once more. 

Losing Suarez would not only mean Liverpool lose out on shirt sales, goals and one of the best footballers in the world. They would lose perhaps the biggest and most important piece to the puzzle, which Rodgers is attempting to piece together in his quest to lead Liverpool back to the promised land in a matter that is both pleasing to the eye and pragmatic.

His loss would set the club back once more, while all the newfound optimism would quickly evaporate.


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