LFC don't need continued speculation as season draws near
So Luis Suarez has finally broken his silence.
And now there is no debate – the whole transfer saga has become very messy indeed.
Even while trying to leave Liverpool, it seems Suarez is unwilling to give the club an easy ride.
Watching from afar, it seemed Suarez’s attitude since returning to Liverpool in the summer had been good.
Liverpool, though, clearly knew what the player wanted.
And ultimately Brendan Rodgers and the board are going to have to deal with the fact he wants to go. There’s no question about it – we now all know.
The problem now is Suarez is dominating almost everything Liverpool are doing. The speculation will continue, and Rodgers doesn’t need that as he prepares for the new season.
Arsenal have upset Rodgers with their attempts to sign Suarez – especially that infamous £40,000,001 bid – but I’m not sure he was wise to compare Suarez to Gareth Bale.
Bale’s supposed £100million price tag might be daft, but if Real Madrid want to pay it then that’s their business.
Liverpool won’t get anywhere near £100m for Suarez. But, if they are going to sell, it should be for a lot more than £40m, clause or no clause.
They’d be wise not to mention a fee and just keep their counsel until Arsenal or another team begins to tempt them with a big enough offer. Every player has a price.
Rodgers reckons Arsenal are playing a game, and he’s right. But Liverpool are playing a game too, no different to any other transfer battle.
Mind you, I’m not sure what Damien Comolli is up to with his comments suggesting Suarez should join Arsenal as Liverpool aren’t a big enough club for the striker.
That’s a cheap shot. And it’s something he would never have said if he was still working at Anfield and not having been let go from his role as director of football.
Comolli clearly has no idea of how big Liverpool are on a global scale. They are much bigger than Arsenal in that respect and have been for a lot longer.
Of course, everybody admires Arsene Wenger’s achievement of continual Champions League qualification.
But Suarez has won more in England during the last two-and-a-half years than Arsenal have during the last eight.
And it could be argued that with Arsenal’s more solid financial footing and the vast revenue from their Emirates Stadium, then Champions League football is the last they should be aiming for.
Comolli was also a bit cheeky to suggest Liverpool are a top-eight club, not least it was him that sanctioned so much money to be spent on players who have so far been unable to take the club back into the top four.
Rodgers continues to strengthen his squad, but the big-money bid for Diego Costa of Atletico Madrid is a curious one.
Being a Brazilian striker carries a certain kudos. But if Jo was in the Brazil squad ahead of Costa at the Confederations Cup, then I wouldn’t be paying £20m for him.
However, Rodgers and his scouting network know what they are doing, as has been shown so far by the form of Iago Aspas.
Aspas did well in Steven Gerrard’s testimonial as a split striker, which is the way Liverpool are going to go under Rodgers.
Rather than just rely on one central forward, all of the front three will be expected to score.
That might include Suarez. It might not. Either way, something definitive has to happen soon. We’re all becoming bored of it.