LUIS SUAREZ vs LIVERPOOL: WHO WILL BLINK FIRST?

   on August 08 2013 3:26 PM

When Luis Suarez came to Anfield on the back of a 22 million pound transfer from Ajax much was expected from him.

On the field he did not disappoint. Despite limited playing time Suarez shone. Every time he touched the ball the footballing public leaned forward in anticipation.

His mesmerizing skills never failed to amaze and he hit the back of the net with regularity. Last season he was second only to Robin Van Persie in the scoring charts.

His off the field antics were however another matter altogether. From the Patrice Evra racial slur incident to the Ivanovich bite saga he courted controversy with every turn.

Suarez is now in the eye of the storm. Reason? His demand for a transfer from Liverpool to rivals Arsenal.

As is common with football players the world over, when the going was good Suarez sang lyrical of his desire to play for the Reds. That is before the parting of ways.

Indeed interestingly this is what Suarez said after the unsavoury Ivanovich incident:

”The only thing I have in my head is I'm here (in Liverpool) and have a contract. I'll be here next season, yes. Not only am I playing for Liverpool, I am playing in one of the best leagues in the world."

How quickly things change!

Suarez is of course entitled to want to improve his career. He also has the right to play for a club of his choice. However in doing so certain factors come into play.

As a start a player's contract is integral in determining how a player can leave a club. The departure of a player is subject to contract.

In this particular case Suarez is making a mountain out of a mole hill, a practice he seems to have perfected.

While at Groningen some six years ago Suarez impressed Ajax sufficiently for the Dutch giants to make a bid.

Just as is the case at Liverpool his club then were adamant that the €3.5m bid from Ajax did not reflect his market value.

Suarez promptly took Groningen to court. He lost the case.

Luis Suarez must appreciate that Liverpool have the right within the parameters of contract to decline an offer if they deem it to be below their valuation of his capabilities. Their current valuation ranges from between 55m and 63m pounds.

Secondly, in this case matters are compounded by the fact that he seeks a transfer to a competitor for a top 4 finish. Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers is adamant that this is unlikely to happen. It is telling that the Manager has the support of the Clubs top brass.

One may argue that former Liverpool blue eyed boy Torres was sold to competitors Chelsea but then again taking into account the Spaniards dip in form towards the end of his Anfield career it would have been foolhardy not to sell him at that point. And for 50 million pounds no less.

It has turned out to be a sound investment.

Consequently only a move to a club outside the FA would appeal to Liverpool and Suarez might be well advised to consider that option.

So what of the intended legal action and the magic release Clause that Suarez is relying heavily on?

Few have seen the contentious clause but Suarez's legal foray seems to have been dealt a major blow with the comments made by PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor.

"It [the clause] does not say the club has to sell," Taylor explained to Tony Barret. "It quite clearly states £40 million is a minimum offer for discussions."

Finally to make matters worse Suarez has been supported by both fellow mates and fans during his temptuos period at Liverpool and specifically during his indiscretions. This is support he seems to take very lightly.

An abiding memory is of Suarez's team mates donning t-shirts in a Premier League game at the DW Stadium featuring a picture of the Uruguayan on the front and his name and number seven on the back after the FA handed him an eight match ban.

Another is of the Kop chanting Suarez's name in game after game.

His recent actions however prove that such sentimentalism counts for very little.

Therefore even as Suarez seeks to improve his career (strangely by joining a club that has not won a trophy for donkey years) he needs to remember that football is not about being abrasive and controversial.

Football is not just about dazzling skills and nutmegs.

Football is not only about excelling on the field of play but its also about brotherhood, honour, respect and dignity both on and off the field.