The Soccer Desk

Suarez Demands Anfield Exit


Luis Suarez is once again making headlines all across England, and it’s not for scoring goals. The striker took to the English press on Tuesday demanding his exit from the Merseyside club so he can play Champions League football next season.

Suarez spoke to the Guardian on Tuesday taking his plea to leave Liverpool to the public stating that Liverpool need to honor their agreement to let him leave if they did not qualify for the Champions League. Now, the want-away striker is prepared to force a £40 million pound move through to Arsenal for Champions League football. Suarez told the Guardian, “Last year I had the opportunity to move to a big European club and I stayed on the understanding that if we failed to qualify for the Champions League the following season I’d be allowed to go,” he revealed, “I gave absolutely everything last season but it was not enough to give us a top-four finish – now all I want is for Liverpool to honour our agreement.”

Suarez has mentioned a clause in his contract that he feels is his ticket to the Emirates and Champions League Football, but Liverpool see the clause in a different manner. While Suarez has taken his case to the Professional Footballers’ Association with the hopes that they can help force a deal through before the transfer window closes on September 2. Could the red half of Merseyside see another striker force their way out of Anfield? With time dwindling down on the summer transfer market, it is hard to say if Suarez will be allowed to make the move to London.

Suarez joined Liverpool on their pre-season tour in Australia, where he came on as a substitute against the Melborne Victory and seemed less than enthusiastic to be there. After returning to Anfield for Steven Gerrard’s testimonial match against Greek side Olympiacos, Suarez was greeted by the home crowd to cheers of delight. Suarez was left out of the side that traveled to Oslo, Norway that faced Valerenga FC at the Ullevaal Stadium Wednesday night.

After the 4-1 win in Norway, manager Brendan Rogers was asked about Suarez and the situation and told LFC online, “In terms of the remarks that were made, this is a football club that has always worked a certain way. The Liverpool Way is all about a club with ambition, a club that strives to be the very best, a club that is about commitment – that means that everyone is committed to the cause of fighting for the shirt,” Rogers went on to say, “That’s something that over the course of the coming weeks you need to have when you work for Liverpool Football Club. You’ve got supporters and players that have given Luis Suarez absolutely everything – they backed him to the hilt.”

It is becoming more apparent that Liverpool are not prepared to sell Suarez at any price, but what will they get out of a player that no longer wants to be at the club? The same type of situation unfolded with Fernando Torres during the 2011 January transfer window. The difference with the Suarez transfer is that Torres did not have the reputation or bans that Suarez has.

Will Arsenal be willing to pay over £40 million pounds for a player that is still serving the last six matches of a 10 match ban that was given when he bit Chelsea player Branislav Ivanović in April of 2012? Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told the Telegraph that the transfer bid was “on standby” putting some doubt into minds that a deal could be done.

This is not the first suspension that Suarez has faced during his time at Liverpool. In a match at Old Traford in October of 2011, Suarez would receive an eight match ban for racially abusing Manchester United player Patrice Evra. While Suarez denies that he ever used abusive language, the FA found him to be guilty and duly suspended him. After losing his appeal, Suarez would miss the next eight matches only to see another ban later in the year.

While Liverpool may not be prepared to sell a player to another club in the Premier League, the question still remains, if Suarez remains on Merseyside how effective will he be for the club and when will the transfer drama rear it’s head again? Suarez is prepared to hand in a written transfer request by Friday, and it seems certain that Liverpool will reject the request and retain the player at least until the January transfer window.

Photo courtesy of the Guardian