The Premier League’s second top scorer and Liverpool's talisman Luis Suarez will not kick another ball competitively this season.
The ever-controversial Uruguayan forward has been hit with a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic during the team’s 2-2 draw last weekend, as I’m sure you will know.
“Good!” The haters will proudly scream. “He’s a cheat who is ruining the game!”
I’m not so sure. His behaviour may tarnish the Premier League’s already damaged reputation ever so slightly. But how can such an incredible footballer possibly be ruining the game?
It is now rumoured that Suarez is considering his future in English football.
He feels ‘victimised’ by the authorities that rule over the game. He believes his reputation precedes him, that he is now playing under a microscope.
Surely it was only a matter of time before poor Luis cracked?
If English football fans stepped down from their high horse for a moment, maybe they would see the bigger picture.
The fact is that the Premier League would be losing its most incredible player.
I don’t believe this is an over statement. Even those who have rallied for his deportation ever since he arrived at Liverpool in 2011 will, in their own private time, have lusted over his tenacity, verve, dedication and sublime skill and wished he was at their club.
Suarez is not a perfect human being. Far from it. But he is near enough the perfect striker. This is what we should focus on.
So he bit a player. Does that really matter, as long as he serves his time and matches it up with moments like this?
Liverpool will get the t-shirts out, rally around their man and protest his ban till their noses turn blue.
Can you blame them? Their team is not what it used to be. Anyone who claims that local hero Steven Gerrard is still the driving force at the club today is simply wrong. Suarez is and has been for a while.
Where would they look next if Suarez was to leave? Daniel Sturridge? A talent without doubt. But in Suarez’s league? Not a chance.
Let’s not forget that Liverpool forked out a handsome £35m for one Andy Carroll on the same day they purchased Suarez. Suarez’s incredible performances and his adulation from the Kop have managed to paper over this incredible miscalculation of judgement from Kenny Dalglish.
I am not a Liverpool fan, nor do I have any particular link to them. I simply enjoy watching football for the sport that it is.
Suarez has been handed his punishment. That should be the end of it. He should serve whatever his final judgement is demanded then be back where he belongs. If it happens again, ban him again.
The Premier League needs his talent, Liverpool certainly need him.
At the end of the day, if you were a Liverpool fan, you’d be ordering you’re ‘Leave Luis Alone!’ t-shirt right now.
He’s worth it.
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