Former Liverpool star Steve Nicol believes Luis Suarez has the right to feel aggrieved at his treatment by the club, and claims the Arsenal target has acted in an 'honourable' way amid constant speculation about his future.
The transfer saga involving the Uruguay international took another turn on Wednesday after Suarez accused Liverpool of failing to make good their agreement to allow him to leave this summer.
Suarez claimed he was promised by the club this time last year that he would be able to secure a transfer elsewhere were Liverpool unable to clinch Champions League football for the 2013-14 season.
Nicol, meanwhile, believes this revelation from the 26-year-old reflects badly on the club, and says Liverpool should do the correct thing and honour the pledge they made to Suarez a year ago.
"What has been written tells you that Suarez is actually an honourable guy," Nicol told talkSPORT.
"For all the things he did on the field, he honoured his contract. He played for Liverpool last season and gave everything. It seems to me that it is the other party that is not being honourable.
"I don’t think there is any reason for him to come out and say what he did unless it is right. He seems pretty factual in the words he has spoken.
"Brendan Rodgers seems to have said, 'if we don’t [qualify for the Champions League] then I'll personally make sure you can go'. That totally changes everything. It makes sense that Suarez hasn't really said an awful lot before.
He added: "You cannot promise anything to your players and not follow through.
"That is a huge problem and Brendan is probably wishing now he had just kept out of it so that eventually it would be a battle between the people upstairs and Suarez’s entourage. That is not the case.
"Brendan is now stuck firmly in the middle of it and, if Brendan has given his word to Suarez, then I don’t think there is any way back for them."
Arsenal appears the most likely destination for Suarez, although only if the player's legal challenge to the Premier League proves to be successful.
The Gunners made an offer of £40,000,01 in the belief it would be enough to trigger a release clause in the striker's contract, but Liverpool rejected the bid having taken a different interpretation of the agreement.
Should the Premier League back Suarez's challenge, his price could reportedly be set at £40 million and one pound, which could force Liverpool to sell him to Arsenal against their wishes.
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