“El Pistolero” has had a stunning 18 months on the field for Liverpool and has become one of the world’s most feared strikers.
His guile, trickery and tendency to produce the outrageous have already elevated him to cult hero status at Anfield and also given the former Ajax man the platform to go on to become a genuine Liverpool legend and one of the world’s greatest ever footballers.
The superlatives come easily when describing Suarez, and the Kop’s “I just can’t get enough” adaptation for King Luis tells you everything you need to know about Liverpool’s number 7.
So with all the positivity and praise that follows Suarez’s footballing ability it seems strange to be questioning his immediate future at Anfield and indeed the Premier League.
Whatever your view on the now infamous Patrice Evra affair, the reputation of Liverpool Football Club in this country and globally has been dramatically tarnished. The handshake fiasco turned an already volatile situation into a global damage limitation exercise for the football club and quite possibly had more than a hand in the dismissal of King Kenny Dalglish.
So in a week where the extremely sensitive topic needlessly reared its ugly head Liverpool’s hierarchy will once again come under the spotlight for non-football related matters.
Will Suarez’s latest actions have football fans around the globe questioning Liverpool’s lack of moral fibre if decisive action is not taken by the club? Or will the mercurial Uruguayan receive one last opportunity to move on from one of the most controversial episodes in Liverpool Football Clubs recent history?
There is no denying the scale of damage to Liverpool’s global reputation in the wake of last season’s clash with Manchester United and a reputation that has taken decades to form could now take years to rebuild.
The sheer hatred from both the media and opposition fans that was directed at the club in the latter half of the season was like nothing ever witnessed by Liverpool’s army of loyal supporters and is not something that they will be looking to witness again.
With the re-surfacing of last season’s troubles it is almost certain that new boss Brendan Rodgers and FSG will demand an end to Suarez’s crusade against the FA, Manchester United and Evra, or choose to cut their losses with the fiery South American and sell him to the highest bidder.
The golden rule for Liverpool Football Club has always been that no one player is bigger than the club, and never has this rule been so severely tested than in the case of Luis Suarez. Any decision will have to wait for at least another 2 weeks as King Luis struts his stuff on the Olympic stage for Uruguay.
There is little doubting the fact that a Liverpool side without Luis Suarez will be severely weakened but the crucial decision of Luis’ world class footballing ability over the football club’s greater good is necessary to avoid long lasting damage to Liverpool’s stature in world football.
The likelihood will be that Rodgers will attempt to draw a line under the issue once and for all and build a side around Suarez, but with FSG keen to avoid a repeat of last season’s shortcomings and more potential harm to their huge investment, Luis will have to take on board any feedback given to him if he is to wear the iconic number 7 shirt again and repay the faith put in him by our famous club.
It’s certain to be an eventful and exciting season at Anfield and only time will tell if Suarez will be around to play a part in Brendan Rodgers red revolution. YNWA