Before Liverpool's game against Chelsea, Luis Suarez was set to end the year as one of the stand out players of the 2012-2013 season.
By the end of that game, he was still set to be a star player, but for all the wrong reasons. Biting Branislav Ivanovic was not his proudest moment on the football field and in the process he earned himself a 10 match ban and doubts were cast over the player's future.
Suarez made no secret of the fact that he wanted out of Liverpool, which was one of the main reasons why his future at the club was under such scrutiny. He also made it known that he was unhappy at the club's treatment of him and how they dealt with his 10 match ban
During the pre-season, he was subject to massive amounts of interest from Real Madrid and Arsenal, who came in with that infamous £40,000,001 bid. However, Liverpool held firm and refused to sell their controversial striker, which was arguably the best piece of business all summer.
As the start of the 2013-2014 season drew ever nearer, the confusion surrounding the player's future seemed to die down, and it looked as if he was set to spend the season at Liverpool. When he came back from his ban, it looked as if it was the Suarez we were used to seeing, and he seemed unfazed by the previous summer's problems.
Recently, reports have surfaced that the player is still unsettled at the club and according to fellow Uruguayan Edinson Cavani, he wants a move to Real Madrid in the January transfer window.
So, how do you interpret his performance against Crystal Palace? Was it one of a player who is happy and content to stay at his current club? Or was it one of a player who is confident of a move away from the club and wants to show the world how good he is?
I personally am inclined to go with the latter. Suarez was so set on a move away from Liverpool in the summer, and I don't think that a player who was that committed to a move away from the club would forget that after one good performance and a good reception from the fans.
With Liverpool not qualifying for any form of European competition, you can see why a player of Suarez's caliber would want a move away from a club who aren't performing to their usual expectations. However, with Liverpool in top form at the moment and Suarez back to his goal scoring ways, hopefully he can be persuaded to stay at the club and sign a new contract.
As with all situations of this nature, only time will tell and as a Liverpool fan, here's hoping he makes the decision which is right for him.
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