Suárez shouldn’t be criticised for seeking Liverpool exit, says Aldridge
Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge says Luis Suarez shouldn't be blamed for seeking a move if the Reds fail to finish in the top four
John Aldridge believes Liverpool striker Luis Suárez should not be blamed for seeking a move to a club in the Champions League if the Reds fail to finish in the top four.
Suárez has been linked with a move away from Anfield this summer after the striker revealed he would be open to talking to clubs who could offer him Champions League football.
However, the club’s managing director Ian Ayre acted swiftly to downplay which Suárez’s comments, insisting the striker is not for sale despite reported interest from Juventus.
Aldridge, who spent two-and-a-half seasons at Anfield between 1987 and 1990, says Liverpool risk losing Suárez should they fail to secure a fourth-place finish – but expects the former Ajax man to stay beyond the summer.
“Luis Suárez says his words in an interview given in his homeland last week were twisted and Liverpool made it clear the meaning was lost in translation,” Aldridge wrote in his column in the Liverpool Echo.
“Suárez’s Uruguay team-mate, Edison Cavani, has warned the Reds they need Champions League football or risk losing him. I speak to a lot of Liverpool fans and they would agree with those sentiments.
“The way Suárez has been playing he should be in the Champions League.
“He wants to do that with Liverpool but if the Reds are not able to offer him that after the end of next season, then who could blame him if he looked to move on?
“But what you see is what you get with Luis. Suárez is a fighter.
“And he will keep trying as hard as he can and do everything in his power to help Liverpool get back in the top four.”
Suárez has scored 22 goals in 29 Premier League appearances for Liverpool this season.