During the summer transfer window even the most fervent of Liverpool fans were losing hope in their enigmatic talent that is Luis Suarez.
However, in the face of defeat comes defiance. Defiance is certainly what Suarez’s schoolboy antics were met with by the men at the top of the Anfield club.
Liverpool’s co-chairman John W Henry led the stand with a now famous tweet of ‘What arethey smoking over there at the Emirates?’ in repost to Arsenal’s incendiary bid of £40m + £1, just enough to trigger a clause in Suarez’s contract.
A stance which was continually backed up by manager Brendan Rodgers, who despite numerous questions from journalists across the globe regarding Suarez never conceded an inch in his quest for the Uruguayan to stay.
This despite Suarez cutting a forlorn figure during Liverpool’s pre-season in which the feelings from Reds fans were made clear as Suarez strutted out onto Melbourne’s MCG pitch in front of 100,000 fans chanting Suarez’s name in unison.
It is Rodgers, however, who must take most credit with this being just his second season in charge of the much revered Anfield club. In spite of accusations from Suarez that Rodgers promised he could leave if Champions League qualification was not achieved, the man from Country Antrim in Northern Ireland stood in defiance as the rest of the footballing world seemed perplexed as to why Rodgers wasn’t simply bowing down to the wishes of the want away star.
It’s a gamble that has paid off for Rodgers with Suarez combining seamlessly with counterpart Daniel Sturridge in a partnership that has yielded 10 goals in just a mere four league games, with Suarez being the contributor of six of those goals, including a hat trick against West Brom.
It's not only Suarez’s seeming commitment and ability on the pitch which Rodgers has been talking about this week either but also his improvement off the pitch with Rodgers noting that he has seen ‘an improvement in his game and a maturity in his overall personality’.
These are signs which can only bode well for Reds fans in their continual quest for Champions League qualification, a competition in which the Merseyside club has built its reputation, and these signs have seemingly been noticed by the Anfield faithful too.
Signs which have seen Suarez move from being the villain of the piece to once again being serenaded by loyal Kopites all over the land.
It is hoped that Suarez has now firmly moved on from his previous juvenile antics, such as his
bite on Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, which have left continual seemingly indelible marks on his otherwise sparkling career and instead grab the headlines for his goalscoring abilities of which he clearly has many.
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