Luis Suarez proved, once again last season, to be the most controversial character in the Premier League.
His staggeringly uncanny ability to be in the limelight ensures that newspapers all across the planet have something to report on this mercurial forward.
He is an enigma, a conundrum most managers would rather prefer not having their hands on. He has the ability to be the majestic leader - to carry any team forward toward its goal - but also the propensity to do something foolish and derail a campaign, singlehandedly.
He is brilliant yet dangerous, magnificent yet frightening, he is the brand ambassador of the word however, a character even William Shakespeare would have been proud of to present as his own!
He is a manager's delight, plus nightmare - a combination of emotional roller-coaster very few can claim to experience and Brendan Rodgers is certainly one of those select lucky few!
The quality Suarez brings to a team is without doubt priceless. His tireless energy throughout the entire duration of a match, mazy runs, phenomenal eye for goals, brilliant reading of the game, twist and turns, are dimensions of his game few teams in the world can ill-afford to lose, let alone a developing one, one which depends so much on this supremely talented individual's goals to win matches. He scored 30 goals in all competitions last season whereas his nearest rival in a Liverpool shirt was Daniel Sturridge with 12 goals.
This statistic alone signifies Liverpool's dependence on the player.
Without his goals, Rodgers' team would have been fighting a relegation battle instead of vying for a European place last season.
But along with his goals, Suarez's package also brings along with it a lot of negative PR to the clubs where he plies his profession. Since the start of his professional career, when at the age of 15, he head-butted the referee and consequently earned himself a red card - last season he earned himself a 10-match ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic in the arm, El Pistolero and controversy have had an unending affair which has baffled almost all of his managers.
Recently, he's been in the news for being quite vocal about his desire to leave the Reds in the summer, the central reason being the English media's portrayal of him as the 'bad guy'.
This nolens volens proposal must exactly be the type of situation Rodgers would have prayed to avoid, yet this is what he must confront now.
Should he let Suarez go or should he hold on?
If Rodgers decides to let go and cash in on the vast price tag associated with the player, he can use the funds to bring in not one, but a couple of good players to add more balance to his side and push forward his project.
Whereas if he decides to hold on and more importantly, manages to convince Suarez to stay put, the Reds with a couple or more astute signings can really have a go at the top of the Premier League next season, and this is exactly why Rodgers should be willing to do everything in his power to keep this prodigiously talented striker with him come next season.
But convincing Suarez to stay is not going to be a stroll in the park for Liverpool, as his former Dutch employers Groningen can attest to. Wanting a move to Ajax, Suarez went as far as taking his case to the KNVB's arbitration committee, but it ruled against him. El Pistolero is also an extremely ambitious person. Right from a very young age when he left his home town of Salto at 11 to travel almost 500kms to join Montevideo-based club Nacional to the famous hand ball in the 2010 FIFA World Cup quarter-final match against Ghana, he has shown the world that he would do almost anything to get what he desired.
Liverpool would do well to keep this exceptionally talented out-of-the-ordinary player still wearing their jersey come Saturday August 17, 2013.
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