Kenny Dalglish has played such a convincing stance of ignorance over the past seven days in relation to Luis Suarez's proposed move to Paris St Germain, that Andrew Sachs himself must be wishing he could have gleamed some advice from the Scottish manager during his days as floundering Spanish waiter Manuel in Fawlty Towers.
Dalglish's front over Suarez exposes his unique stubbornness to accept any bad press concerning his side, an apt parallel to his refusal to treat journalists with a jot of decorum in either pre or post match press conferences. Quick to brush off even cash iron reports, unwilling to conduct himself with the dignity his position demands.
The reality is that Suarez's possible departure from Liverpool is very real. The Uruguayan has already publicly admitted he would fancy a move to big spending Paris St Germain, while billionaire chairman Nasser Al-Khelafi says the Reds frontman is on his summer wishlist.
Furthermore, during Liverpool's stern, but often miscalculated defence of Suarez, owner John W. Henry expressed his concerns. A New York Times article, a newspaper who partly own Fenway Sports, led with a piece criticising the club's stance after the summit meeting at Old Trafford as well. Apologies were issued without delay.
So could the damage the Suarez issue has already caused mean his days are numbered at Liverpool, or will the striker himself feel he wants a change of scenary. GMF looks at why he might seek pastures new.
Champions League football
Prior to the Merseyside derby against Everton, Liverpool lie 13 points off fourth place Arsenal, with their Champions League hopes in tatters. For what was the club's No.1 priority this season, they look set to fall short. There's little doubt that bar Suarez, Liverpool haven't acquired players with European quality, hence their inability to keep in touch. Such is Suarez's ability, you wonder how long he'll put up with the mediocrity of the Europa League, not least the trend of signing sub-standard Premier League hotshots.
The unforgiving British press and public
Like it lump it, the reminders of Suarez's previous misgivings are going to be regular. Such is the seriousness of racism in this country, and the metronomic memory of the British press and supporters across the county means he's unlikely to be allow to forget the goings on this season. The reality is that abroad, racism isn't regarded in the same bracket as it is in this country and distancing himself from his problems might be his best route to redemption.
Given the reasons above, a move away from English football, is likely to allow Suarez the opportunity to reinvent himself. Similar to way he moved to England to distance himself from his eight-match ban for biting Otman Bakkal, a transfer to France or Spain will hand him the chance to turn over a new leaf.
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