So, today, Luis Suarez has confirmed his desire to leave Liverpool this Summer.
It’s the news every Liverpool fan around the world was dreading. But it was also the news that most Liverpool fans not living with their heads in the sand were expecting.
There’s been a lot of vitriol thrown at Suarez for the last couple of days. People saying he owes Liverpool one more season; others saying that they feel greatly let down.
In all honesty, people need to give the guy a break.
I don't know what certain members of the Liverpool FC fanbase were expecting this Summer, I really don't.
You can't bask in Suarez's brilliance all season, proclaim him as one of the league and world's best players and then get pissed off that he wants to leave a club that have finished 6th, 8th and 7th in the league behind the likes of Newcastle and Everton since he arrived here.
World class players, which Suarez is, deserve a world class setting. He deserves to be playing somewhere where he can compete for major honors; every single honor available to him. Everyone giving him flack must have had your heads in the sand all year to be honest.
The news comes as no surprise to me. It's completely consistent with Suarez's character. The man is a winner. He is the sort of player willing to break his grandmother's ankles for 3 points. He is the one player that looks absolutely destroyed when we lose football games. For him to stay at a club that have lost something like in 1 in 3 or 4 for the last 3 years would be in complete contrast to his character.
Forget all the other talk of the media hounding him (which is a factor, no doubt, but not the main one). Forget whatever conceptions you have of loyalty. None of you were complaining about loyalty when he came to us DIRECTLY after biting some player in Holland and incurring a 7 game ban, with Ajax out of the Champions League places. None of you said he deserved to give Ajax one more year due to their support.
Suarez owes us nothing. He could have easily gone last season; Kenny left and there was the fallout of the Evra affair. He didn’t. He had other offers and decided to give us a chance. He did more than anybody else to make us successful this year; carried us through half a season. He never moaned about having a 17 and 18 year old next to him in attack. He never went crying to anyone that he had no backup for 3 months. He took on the responsibility on his shoulder and relished it.
I'll be gutted when he leaves; more than most. Suarez is, along with John Barnes, the best player I've ever seen in Red. Win, lose or draw I take so much pleasure just from watching him play football. He is the most enjoyable and entertaining player I've ever seen play for us. I thought I was deeply in love with Fernando Torres, but I realized that I never knew what true love for a player was until we got Suarez. With Torres, there was no bad times, nothing to challenge my affection for him. With Suarez, the bad times made me love him more.
Further than that, the way the press and the UK in general have treated him reinforces everything I ever thought about England, it's media and the hypocrisy of those in positions of power (be it the FA or any other institution). But again, I don’t believe that has anything to do with him leaving.
For me, we let him down. On and off the pitch.
Off it, Suarez came at a time where we've been the weakest for the last 20 years: just at the start of FSG’s reign, where they knew more about weather conditions in Wisconsin than the sport of football.
Suarez should have been
a lot more protected by the club during his time here. We should have banned
the Daily Mirror from LFC the minute they splashed RACIST as their headline for
example. We should have sued for libel the second that happened but took it up
the ass like little bitches.
We should have taken the 8 game ban straight to CAS. Anybody who has read it knows there is 0 evidence bar Evra's word. The FA chose to believe Evra and not Suarez and we took it up the ass like little bitches.
We should have gone to war against the FA over the 10 game ban thing when Defoe got picked for England the week after he bit Masch. Gone to war. Instead what did we do? We took it up the ass like little bitches.
The only person that fought for Luis Suarez and Liverpool Football Club and went to war against the media and the FA got fired, in part, because of his "mishandling of the affair".
I dont believe for one second that any of this has to do with Suarez leaving: he's way too good for a 7th placed team. But for Liverpool Football Club to rise again then it needs to stand up to itself, and stop letting itself be treated like an irrelevant little child. Winning trophies and protecting the club should become a priority as opposed to increasing brand value and making sure Henry Winter, Martin Samuel and Paul Hayward are writing nice things about you.
On it, we'll spend the
rest of our lives thinking what could have been had we spent 76m pounds a bit
more wisely than on Carroll, Downing, Henderson and Adam. God knows what could
have been achieved had Suarez been surrounded by players like Coutinho,
Sturridge et all... for more than 4 months.
As far as I’m concerned, he goes with my full blessing. I've been expecting his departure this Summer since the United 3-1 Kuyt Kuyt Kuyt game in 2010. I could see how talented he was and how impossible it would be to keep him here without Champions league football.
I'll remember him with great fondness. The cheekiness of Robbie Fowler, the tenacity and hard work of Dirk Kuyt, the back to goal brilliance of Kenny Dalglish, the flair of John Barnes, the dribbling skills of Steve Mcmanaman, the unpredictability of Titi Camara, the heart of Steven Gerrard, the creativity of Peter Beardsley, the nastiness of Steve Mcmahon, the goal threat of Michael Owen, the star power of Fernando Torres aligned with the desire to use every single blade of grass on the football pitch that is unique to him.
God bless you Luis, you street fighting poet, and best of luck.