Luis Suarez. The name that puts fear into the minds of defenders. The name that has been on the lips of most football followers in the UK and the majority of Europe this season, both for good and bad reasons.
The good - scoring 30 goals in 44 appearances last season. The bad - the diving, and that bite. However, his recent quotes stating his desire to leave Anfield for the Bernabéu may be justified, as well as his attack on the British media.
The Uruguayan is reportedly on the verge of securing the most unsubtle move to Madrid, citing his reasons as the fact that the British media "have never spoken well of him".
Following a season that can only be defined in footballing terms as genius, I'm sure any reporter would state that if Wayne Rooney had bitten Ivanovic, then the Englishman would receive the same amount of criticism as the Liverpool striker.
However, if there is something Luis Suarez is correct on, it is the idea that he may be too good for Liverpool. In an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais before the Confederations Cup match against Spain, in which Suarez scored a 25-yard free kick, he said that it "disturbed him that the club aren’t in the Champions League and fighting for the Premier League title".
Following the Liverpool striker's stellar season, this idea could be fair and, given that he is 26 years of age, he is at his peak. A player of his class should no doubt be playing among Europe's elite in the Champions League, and this is something Liverpool cannot supply him currently.
Many people have compared Suarez's controversial figure to that of Italian maestro Mario Balotelli, as he is also one that makes the headlines.
The former Manchester City forward is arguably an incredible talent following a very successful start to his Milan career, with 12 goals in 13 games.
However, Balotelli's renowned poor disciplinary record and off the pitch actions is believed to have ruined his career in England, and the same may be said about Suarez. City sold Balotelli to Milan in January this year, and many believed it was a good decision and he supposedly had a negative effect on team morale. Could the same now be said for Liverpool and Suarez as he now speaks out against Liverpool?
What do the British public make of it all? Well, that Suarez is a world-class footballer, there is no doubt about that. But does his talent justify the diving, the biting, the racism, the unofficial transfer request? I'm not so sure.
In my opinion, for the sake of Liverpool and their charismatic forward, Liverpool should accept any offer from Madrid (should they bid) in excess of £40 million, and be done with the controversy and genius that is Luis Suarez.
Liverpool seemingly have replacements in mind too, with Celta Vigo's Iago Aspas all but a Liverpool player. The Merseyside club have also had a £7 million bit rejected for Sevilla forward Luis Alberto, as well as being linked with Manchester City's Carlos Tevez and Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata.
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