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Why Luis Suarez should stay at Liverpool

Suarez's future remains in doubt (©GettyImages)
Suarez's future remains in doubt (©GettyImages).

Speculation over the future of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez seems to have near the top of all sports headlines throughout 2013, with a £30m bid from Arsenal recently rejected and comments from the man himself getting ever stronger a move almost seems inevitable, but should Suarez give Liverpool one more season?

The reasons Suarez gives for wanting a move away are understandable, a desire for Champions League football and, in his opinion, a feeling of rough justice by the British press.

The first reason is completely understandable, Suarez is without doubt a world-class footballer with all the skills necessary to warrant Champions League football, the second reason of course depends on who you talk to.

Liverpool fans have undoubtedly given the 26-year-old their backing since his arrival on Merseyside in 2011 and despite a string of controversies during that time the vast majority still want Suarez to remain at Anfield.

The club too have been highly supportive throughout the Uruguayan's career at Liverpool, sometimes even damaging its own reputation in the process.

That is one reason why I believe Suarez should stay for one more season, some teams would have easily cast Luis out during the racism storm with Patrice Evra, let alone continue to support him even through the more recent biting incident with Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic.

In recent years top Liverpool stars such as Fernando Torres and Xabi Alonso have bailed out when times have got difficult at Anfield, but right now the sense of optimism around Liverpool is growing with most feeling Champions League football can be brought back to Merseyside.

If Suarez wishes to build back some of his tarnished reputation, wouldn't being part of that story help? Certainly with all the changes at the leading teams and the good transfer deals seemingly being done by Brendan Rodgers and the Liverpool hierarchy Suarez could show some loyalty and give it one more year to try and achieve that goal.

Of course if that goal is not achieved then most Liverpool fans would feel Suarez has the right to leave but bailing out now just when things look like they could turn a corner maybe a short-sighted decision.

One issue Suarez does appear to have is the man that steps on the pitch is clearly far different to the man off it, his regular Twitter posts showing pictures of himself with his family mixed in with posts showing his (apparent) happiness when things go well with Liverpool and Uruguay testify to that.

If Suarez can apply some of that mental toughness he has on the pitch to staying out of trouble and stop creating the controversies then the pressure from the British media would ease, of course he would have the same issues for the first five games of the upcoming season given his current ban, but if he can build a mental block, like most British athletes do with the media, then he can overcome his media obsession.

Ultimately the outcome of this saga will be decided by Suarez and Liverpool bosses. Rodgers has categorically outlined his feelings that he wants Luis to stay and indeed he can be the key to bringing success and European football back to Anfield, but if Suarez has already made his mind up then why not hand in a transfer request and bring this tale to an end.

 

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UEFA Champions League
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Luis Suarez

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