This summer's football news has been dominated by three names; Suarez, Bale and Rooney.
All three of them quality players, and fans of their respective teams have hoped and prayed that they would stay loyal to their clubs.
But Luis Suarez has behaved in a bizarre fashion, unlike his headline grabbing companions and yet his club have still welcomed him back with open arms.
Rooney and Bale have both been ready to move, but Suarez has been vocal in his annoyance at the lack of movement in his transfer. While it now looks like he is staying at Liverpool, we should remember all the hassle and heartbreak he has caused fans of this proud club.
The U-turns, the declarations of loyalty followed by retractions, the claims of broken promises, and yet Liverpool have stuck by him and even rejected bids of £40million from Arsenal. Why have they been so faithful to a player who has served a ban for racism towards an opponent- dragging Liverpool's name through the mud- as well as his current ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic?
The answer is that this once great team are a shadow of their former selves. When was the last time they really threatened in the title race? It has been a long time since the 'miracle in Istanbul', nine years will have passed by the time this season Champion's League Final kicks off.
Since that great performance against A.C. Milan, Liverpool have won the FA Cup once and reached the final of the Champion's League again, this time losing to Milan. They came second in 2009 in the Premier League, but that team was far and away a better side than the one Brendan Rodgers has to work with today.
Poor quality signings, huge wastes of money and board room unrest have been the chief causes of the decline.
Looking at the Liverpool squad one game into the season, it seems that the first team has quality, but the bench is lacking experience and class.
There are several good youngsters at Anfield, Raheem Sterling and Jack Robinson amongst them, but realistically this is not a team to challenge the big Manchester and London clubs. A few injuries will leave the squad in deep trouble.
This all adds up to one thing; Liverpool need Suarez.
He is, by general consensus, their best player, and when he performs well he can lift the team to become greater than the sum of it's parts. He also scores and creates goals for the team, something which is very welcome given that captain Steven Gerrard is not quite as effective as he once was.
At 33-years-of-age he is in the autumn of his career, but his passion and will to win, allied to his range of passing and explosive shooting mean he is still a key player.
Intelligent summer signings have added a little depth to the team, but unfortunately, all the class of '14 can hope for is a top four finish and maybe some success in the cups, a far cry from the all-conquering teams of the 70's and 80's.
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