It’s hardly surprising that some of the world’s wealthiest clubs are clamouring to sign Liverpool striker Luis Suárez – but the Uruguayan must now repay the faith shown in him by Kenny Dalglish and his team-mates.
Paris Saint-Germain are the latest team reported to be preparing a deal to lure the controversial forward away from Anfield – and with the offer of Champions League football, it’s easy to understand why it would be an attractive option.
It appears unlikely that Liverpool will be able to mount a charge for a top four place and even lifting both cup competitions will only secure them a place in next year’s Europa League.
But having been embroiled in scandal after scandal during his short spell in Merseyside, it would have been easy for the club to turn their backs on him.
Suárez has served his punishments for his actions but never once did Liverpool refuse to support him or decide to alienate him, like some other clubs may have opted to.
It was a show of faith from Dalglish which deserves repaying, and early signs suggest Suárez is happy to continue plying his trade at Anfield.
Liverpool’s mission is to return to the Champions League and perhaps with a fully-fit Steven Gerrard they can – but they will need Suárez leading the line to help accomplish that goal.
They say timing comes more from good genes than good coaching.
As joint top scorer in the Premier League last year, Carlos Tévez, the striker, has excellent timing. And so it would seem does Tévez, the reformed man.
With Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini suggesting Tévez could play his first match for the club on Wednesday night since September when he infamously refused to play ball against Bayern Munich; his timing could be perfect.
City desperately need to win against Chelsea to keep pace with Manchester United and although Mancini has ruled out anything more than a cameo from the Argentinian, 25-30 minutes is plenty of time for him to make a telling impact.
Fast-forward a month and Tévez will be fully up to league speed and on 30 April, the potentially title-deciding, mouth-watering, hold-on-to-your-sofa clash against United will be played out.
A fit and in-form Tévez, with a point to prove, could be the difference Mancini needs.
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