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TEAMtalk guest Rich Kitto blasts the 'deplorable' way in which Luis Suarez is trying to engineer a transfer away from Liverpool to Real Madrid.

Last Updated: 13/06/13 at 13:34 Post Comment

Luis Suarez: Trying to engineer a move away from Liverpool

Luis Suarez: Trying to engineer a move away from Liverpool

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"The target for every footballer is to try and play at one of the top-level clubs in the world." Sound familiar Liverpool fans? This was the ill-formed statement given by Fernando Torres after he left Liverpool for £50million in seek of glory at Chelsea over two years ago.

Yes, the man whose name regularly rang out across the Kop, whose surname was emblazoned on red and white shirts, and who locals cherished as one of their own, stuck his boot in where it hurts, in turn instantly destroying the superhero status that previously bestowed upon him.

The comparison between who was the better player - Torres or current star Luis Suarez - was an argument without a conclusion. Though whilst the two shared some striking similarities on the pitch, the Liverpool faithful always hoped their actions off it would never be comparable.

Well that optimism appears to be over as the Reds' current frontman has reaffirmed his desire to leave Liverpool in order to play at, what he deemed, to be the highest level: "Every player wants to reach the very top and Real Madrid are at the very top."

His advances to the Spanish giants could only be more obvious if he gave his next statement donning a Real Madrid jersey with 'I heart Florentino' crudely daubed on the back of it.

It seems somewhat ironic that, considering his recent actions towards Branislav Ivanovic, Suarez lacks the ability to bite his lip in certain social situations. But perhaps that's the naive way of viewing proceedings. After all, the Uruguayan will have an extremely savvy agent pulling all the strings behind him to manipulate the move to the Spanish capital.

But whilst his ambition to play for Real Madrid is understandable, and certain Reds supporters would agree that they cannot currently match the ambition of Los Blancos, the manner in which he is forcing Liverpool - the club that have stood by him through so much negative publicity - into a corner and a weaker position of negotiation is utterly deplorable.

Similarly, the submission that the English media have never spoken well of him, and judged him only for the "dives, protests, gestures and racism" is both farcical and cowardly.

Whilst his performances on the pitch and ability with a football are both brilliant and unpredictable, his behaviour off it has been anything but. His recent quotes have come from the safety of being back home in Uruguay, where he is worshipped across the nation, and suggests that Suarez is unwilling to take any of the real blame for his numerous misdemeanours over the past few seasons.

Kenny Dalglish once said "there is no one anywhere in the world who is any bigger or better than this club [Liverpool]". Although this was again with particular reference to Torres' demands to leave, many fans point to Suarez's racism ban and the Scotsman's verbal support of his star player at the time as the real reason why he is no longer in charge at Anfield.

Yes, Suarez has produced some magical performances for Liverpool; yes he's a world class player that would grace any team; and yes without him the Reds may have struggled - but Suarez still owes Liverpool Football Club. Luis Suarez owes the board, he owes the manager, he owes the players and most importantly he owes the fans.

They all stood by and protected him whilst videos, quotes and gesticulations were beamed round the world - in turn dragging the fine traditions of the club down, making them a laughing stock amongst rivals, and a questionable marketing tool for global brands.

Of course before his recent interviews there were still rumours about his future, and there were still suggestions from some quarters that perhaps it would be best for him to leave considering the ban he will be serving at the beginning of next season.

If Suarez did want to leave Merseyside it could have been handled in such an easier and more graceful manner, but then again nothing has ever been straightforward for the man called 'El Pistolero'.

Up to now, Liverpool have stood firm by stating that Suarez has shown no indication to them that he wants to leave, and that as such he will remain a Liverpool player; but now is time for him to go. For many supporters his latest words are the last straw for a man given more lives than a particularly lucky cat, and there is enough trust with Brendan Rodgers to reinvest the money wisely.

With Kolo Toure and Iago Aspas semingly already wrapped up, and the sale of Andy Carroll for roughly £12million seemingly imminent, and perhaps Pepe Reina as well, Rodgers could have a potential kitty of £70million to go out and purchase another centre-half, goalkeeper, winger and striker.

The Reds finished the season strongly under the Northern Irishman and will certainly be looking to build on that over what will be a critical summer in the transfer market.

Football fans will always hope their prized assets are as loyal to their clubs as they are, and it's difficult to take when the players turn around and say they've been thinking of someone else all along. Though whilst loyalty in football appears to be dwindling, is it too much to ask for a bit of decency and decorum?

"People aren't honest in the world of football. You can't say the truth or be clear with people. It's a business and nobody is anybody's friend," said Torres, after he swapped his much-admired red cape for an expensive new blue one.

Suarez is both a hero and villain fitted into one elaborate outfit, and it would certainly take a brave man to script his next movement.

By Rich Kitto

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