Luis Suarez, on his day, would be a valuable asset for any team in the world.
When he's terrorising defences and scoring goals it's almost easy to forget the trouble that his presence often harbours. Easy but not impossible.
Although the Uruguayan is valuable for Liverpool both with his on-pitch contributions and his off-field market value, something that cannot be forgotten is the fact that he openly admitted to wanting to leave the club this summer.
That, in the wake of the unerring support offered by the club in spite of his controversial actions, is something alone that should worry Liverpool fans, and a point that should serve as a warning to Brendan Rodgers.
Yet despite that evidence pointing to the fact that Suarez as an individual is about as honest and trustworthy as Kettering Town FC are wealthy, Liverpool look set to tie their main man to a new deal.
Reports have emerged suggesting the Anfield outfit are going to attempt to ward off any competitors by attempting to convince their last season's top goalscorer to pen a new deal.
Whilst it would undoubtedly do it's job of raising Suarez's transfer value to such a point that few would be able to even contemplate trying to buy him, in my mind it's the wrong move.
Referring back to an earlier point, Suarez has proved time and again that he will cause trouble at the tip of a hat. That alone, though undeniably unprofessional, is in part excused by his prolific goal tally and eye-catching performances, but the fact that he kicked up an almighty stink in order to try and seal a move away from Merseyside when Arsenal and Real Madrid expressed interest paints a bleak picture as far as his love for the club is concerned.
Liverpool would be better served making him work to regain his place in the team and then, if he's proved that his heart and head are truly at Liverpool, offer him a deal that reflects upon his hard work and perseverance at the club, not the fact that his reputation shields his non-existent sportsmanship.
Under Kenny Dalglish and last season under Brendan Rodgers, Suarez was needed purely because of his ability to carry the team's ambitions almost completely on his own. Now though Rodgers is close to assembling a squad that competes all round by way of drawing from the values of teamwork and stability, not individual genius.
Offering Suarez a new, and undoubtedly improved, contract doesn't only undermine Liverpool's ethics, but it also means that they're then stuck with him for the long-haul, regardless of how much trouble he causes if his claims that he is to buckle down are proved to be unfounded.
Keeping Suarez at the club is a decision based around the fact that he is a truly gifted football player, and is this respect it's completely understandable. Giving him a contract in the wake of expressing a desire to leave and showing a complete disregard for the principles that Liverpool are built around however, is nothing short of bemusing.
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