Liverpool transfers: Why Luis Suárez should stay at Anfield this summer
Liverpool transfers: We look at three reasons why Luis Suárez should ignore interest from Real Madrid and stay at Anfield
Rodgers has shown ambition in the transfer market
If Luis Suárez had any doubts about the club’s ambition to launch a serious bid to finish in the top four next season, Brendan Rodgers has surely allayed those fears with his transfer activity. The Northern Irishman has already brought in Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas to bolster his attacking options, while Kolo Toure should help fill the void left by Jamie Carragher. Meanwhile, Simon Mignolet will provide competition for first-choice goalkeeper Pepe Reina. Suárez was forced to carry Liverpool too many times last season, albeit helped by his captain Steven Gerrard, plus January signings Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge. Rodgers and Fenway Sports Group have shown reassuring ambition in the transfer market, and Suárez should be encouraged by the club’s swift summer deals. Let’s not forget, there is still over two months before the summer window slams shut, too! The Real Madrid target can expect a couple more team-mates to arrive in the coming months.
Suárez owes Liverpool another season – at least!
Rightly or wrongly, Liverpool have stood by their striker throughout a two-and-a-half year spell littered with controversies. Forgetting Suárez’s reputation for simulation, the forward’s first clash with the FA came when he was found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra in 2011. The Reds received criticism for standing by their striker – almost with blind loyalty – during that spell. He was banned for eight games, while he picking up a further suspension for an obscene gesture directed at Fulham fans at Craven Cottage that season. After a glittering 2012-13 campaign, Suárez’s 23 Premier League goals were tarred by his actions in a 2-2 draw with Chelsea. The Uruguayan inexplicably bit Blues defender Branislav Ivanović and received a 10-game ban. Once again, the Reds stood by their controversial talisman. It’s now time for Suárez to repay that loyalty.
Suárez can leave a true legacy at Anfield
Rodgers impressed in his first season at Anfield. The Reds manager has spoken pragmatically about the long path that the club will have to tread to assume their former position at the top of English football. After a shaky start, Liverpool – boosted by the capture of Coutinho and Sturridge – hit their stride in the second half of last season. Rodgers’ men scored 27 goals in 12 appearances, losing just once during that spell. There is now a real sense of optimism that the Merseyside outfit can challenge for a Champions League spot next season to further cement the foundations ahead of a Premier League title tilt in coming years. If Suárez were to stay and help mastermind a top-four finish and fire the Reds to silverware in the future, he would join the likes of Kenny Dalglish, who brought the South American to the club, and Gerrard – his current skipper – as a Liverpool legend.