Reds columnist Andy Proudfoot has his say on Suarez
There's been enough column inches written about Luis Suarez in recent weeks to fill Anne Widdicombe’s bloomers.
But hopefully there’s room for a few more in there so that I can say my piece. I thought Torres’ betrayal would take some beating, but this guy has raised the bar to hitherto unimagined heights.
I should be used to self-centred, self-important footballers by now, but the last few weeks have shown that we have in our midst a player whose ethics would bear unfavourable comparison with a Great White.
At the end of last season I suggested that Suarez needed help to overcome the flashes of insanity which lead to him occasionally sampling the delights of a human sandwich.
Of course the first step in rehabilitation is to accept that you need help, and it is clear that Suarez is as blind to his own shortcomings as he is to his responsibility to repay the faith which those around him have shown since he arrived at Anfield. Immediate comments designed to influence the severity of his punishment aside, he has shown little or no contrition for his bizarre behaviour, instead nursing a persecution complex over the press who dare to question it.
He would do well to ponder why only one club has submitted a formal bid for what is undoubtedly one of the major footballing talents on the planet: could it be that for all his abilities, it’s just not worth the gamble of paying a sky-high fee and salary for someone who’s likely to be sat in the stands for a significant part of the season?
His initial objections to press intrusion have now been set aside of course as it transpired that only Arsenal are willing to take that risk – now it’s Champions League football that’s the big driver for him. I could understand this if it was Real Madrid or Barcelona chasing him, but Arsenal? Just twelve months ago Robin Van Persie left the Emirates because he couldn’t see Wenger’s side winning any trophies and was presumably fed up of being knocked out of the Champions’ League every year after they had disposed of the minnows in the league stage.
Good player though he is, it’s hard to see Suarez succeeding where Van Persie failed.
If a player of his abilities wants to play at the highest level, then he’d be well advised to wait for a side that has a chance of actually winning it rather than just taking part. Arsenal’s attempt to bung us £40m plus a quid doesn’t exactly show great class either, unless they were trying to return the pound Jamie Carragher threw into the crowd a few years ago.
For once the club have played it absolutely right. While there is a great temptation to unload a player who wants away as quickly as possible, John Henry is right not to countenance a move to one of our rivals. Remember the lengths to which Fergie went to stop Gabriel Heinze joining us?
Until we get a deal that suits us as well as the player he should continue to train alone, forego his appearance money and be made to wear our new third strip twenty-four hours a day.
Regrettably another false idol has shown that he has a moral compass which points only to himself and, to paraphrase his Kop anthem, I’ve just about had enough.