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Liverpool must make quick decision on Luis Suarez's future

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Suarez wants Champions League football (©GettyImages)
Suarez wants Champions League football (©GettyImages).

Controversial striker Luis Suarez made clear his intentions to leave Liverpool FC earlier this summer when he told reporters: "I love Liverpool, but if there is a chance of playing somewhere else...I suffered too much as a kid to get where I am to be attacked unfairly by the English Press. They haven't appreciated me as a player, they've just judged my attitude."

Suarez also talked about the reported interest from Real Madrid, saying: "I've talked to my agent, there's nothing concrete. To say no to Madrid would always be difficult and more so with the team they have,"

"I have a contract with Liverpool, but it would be very difficult to say no to Real Madrid. There are a lot of rumours in the transfer period, but you never know until firm offers are made."

He added: "I've talked to the coach (Brendan Rodgers), and he knows what I want. He was a player. Some of the players understand my situation - enough said."

In recent weeks reports have suggested that Luis Suarez has changed his stance and would be willing to move to another English club playing in the Champions League.

At this stage in the transfer window Arsenal have been far more proactive than Madrid in the pursuit of Luis Suarez, seeing two club record bids rejected by Liverpool.

The latest bid of £40,000,001, apparently triggered a clause in Suarez's contract that forces Liverpool to inform the player of the bid and allow him to communicate with the bidding club. 

Suarez's representives are rumoured to believe that the activated clause entitles him to leave, the thought being that if Liverpool failed to quailfy for the Champions League (which they did), then a bid of £40m or more would allow Suarez to leave should he so desire.  

Liverpool however are firm in their position, that the clause only forces them to inform Suarez of the offer and that they do not have to sell.

Whatever the case, Arsenal's interest is real and they have the money to offer a Cavani sized transfer fee (£55m), if they value the player highly enough.

Brendan Rodgers himself suggested that only a bid in the region of £55m (what PSG paid for Cavani) would be enough for Liverpool to consider.

Liverpool must make a quick decision on Suarez. They must either accept a big offer now and use the money to acquire reinforcements while the transfer window is still open. Or alternatively stick to their guns and keep Suarez no matter what money may be flung their way.

Selling Suarez in the closing stages of the window would be a disaster. Leaving such little time to utilize the new funds is a mistake Arsenal made the season before, with Robin van Persie's move to Manchester United.

Liverpool have stuck by Suarez despite all of the controversy that has followed him. Suarez seems to have made it clear that he doesn't intend to repay the club's loyalty and will look to move to a Champions League side. 

Suarez's wanting for Champions League footaball is understandable, he's far too good a player to not be competing with the best in Europe. Liverpool simply can't offer that anymore and it's likely they won't be able to for some time.

Brendan Rodgers' rebuilding project will take time and will be frustrating. Arsenal are coming to the end of a similar transitional phase.

Regular Champions League qualification however has made the transitional period much smoother and Liverpool haven't enjoyed that luxury for a long time now. This will make it far more difficult to attract and keep the best players. 

Arsenal became a selling club and Liverpool must also expect the same, perhaps to a greater degree as their position in English football is not as healthy. 

Financial prudence is essential for Liverpool now and spending £35m on the painfully average Andy Caroll was an embarassing mistake. That money could have bought you one of Fabregas, Van Persie, or Nasri.

Should Madrid make an offer for Suarez, it will likely come at the end of the window. Liverpool must resist if they haven't already sold him by then.

Selling him to Arsenal now wouldn't be as damaging to Liverpool's season as it would be if they sold him to Madrid with only a week left to find replacements. You never know he could end up like Torres, a mere shadow of his former self and showing no signs of being worth £50m. I doubt it though. 

How would Liverpool fans react to Suarez moving to London? What do you believe is the best option for Liverpool? Would any Arsenal fans not like Suarez in the Red and White shirt next season? Leave your thoughts in the comment section....

 

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