Liverpool transfers: Why Luis Suárez should join Real Madrid this summer
Liverpool transfers: Paul Gorst examines why Reds striker Luis Suárez should join Real Madrid this summer
Champions League football
Should Luis Suárez stay at Anfield next season, he will not be involved in the Champions League, and a player of the Uruguayan’s ability should be competing in Europe’s premier competition. The Reds are currently a work-in-progress under Brendan Rodgers and face an uphill task to return to the competition that they have been absent from since 2010. Undoubtedly one of the finest players in England, Suárez has the talent to thrive on the biggest stage and Liverpool are not even in the Europa League next season.
Challenge for La Liga
While Liverpool are not ready to challenge for the Premier League title, finishing second in La Liga is seen as a failure at Madrid. A move to the Spanish capital would not only boost Suárez’s chances of success in European competition, he would also be part of a squad that will run alongside Barcelona for the domestic title every season. A move to Los Blancos could see the forward’s trophy cabinet swell.
Suárez won’t be overly relied on at Santiago Bernabeu
At Liverpool, Suárez is the star player. There are of course many talented players at Anfield, but there is a persistent school of thought that suggests that the Reds are over reliant on Suárez’s talents. The striker scored 30 times last season and while he no doubt enjoys the hero status afforded to him by the Liverpool fans, at Real Madrid, he would just be one of many stars that include Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Özil, Karim Benzema and Ángel di María. If Suárez has an off-day, there is plenty of quality surrounding him to help the team get the result.
Player may be viewed differently in Spain
Rightly or wrongly, there is no doubt that Suárez feels victimised by the media in England. His clashes with Patrice Evra, the Fulham fans and Branislav Ivanović have all been well-documented during his two-and-a-half years in England. The striker is currently four games into a 10-game ban for biting Ivanović back in April and a move to Spain may see Suárez may feel his personal coverage may differ.