LIVERPOOL’S Luis Suarez has recently become somewhat of a disliked figure in English football, as it seems as though every set of fans have found themselves a number of reasons to detest the Uruguayan and his erratic behaviour on the football field.
Despite the fact Suarez continues to perform well for his club, his over-exaggerated tumbles coupled with his agitated personality has meant that his performances and goals (eight goals in thirteen matches) have been overlooked by 90% of English football fans. Most people will put their animosity towards the 25-year old down to his style of play, off the ball, but many Liverpool fans have their own opinion that it is his style of play on the ball that has given so many supporters this Suarez-related bee in their bonnet.
On his day, Suarez is unplayable. When he is on song, not one defender in the world can handle his guile, movement and mesmerising skill. Despite being one of the most frustrating players to ever pull on a Liverpool shirt, he is quite comfortably one of the most talented footballers to ever wear the famous red jersey. It is this talent that has assisted in so many managers choosing the Uruguayan to aim their pre-match gripe at shortly before facing Liverpool.
Recently, David Moyes chose his pre-match Merseyside Derby press conferences to accuse Luis Suarez of lowering the tone of the game by consistently diving and spending too much time on the deck. The Scot claimed that it was the likes of Suarez’s behaviour that would drive people away from football and force them into abandoning going to games. An overreaction to say the least however, we have a question for the manager of our dearest neighbours – would you turn down the chance of being able to pick Suarez week in week out? Don’t worry yourself Davey boy, we already know the answer. Ask that question to any manager in world football and you will get the same answer. The truth is simple – Luis Suarez would walk into any team in world football.
It has become almost laughable the amount of decisions that fail to go the way of Suarez and some would blame the man himself for creating a reputation that referees struggle to ignore. However, having said that, this should not be the case as each referee has a duty to take charge of each match and treat every player with the same level of discipline no matter what name they have on the back of their shirt. It will soon become the duty of Brendan Rodgers to confront the head of the referees union to seriously discuss the behaviour being dished out to Liverpool’s number seven, should referees continue failing to judge Suarez fairly.
Liverpool fans may find themselves frustrated by Suarez, but they will never tire of adoring the forward as he has become somewhat of a darling of the Kop with his passion finally being rewarded with the goals he has struggled to score on a regular basis. The supporters of Liverpool Football Club have complete faith in Brendan Rodgers and, although our manager continues to publically defend Suarez, we believe that behind the scenes Rodgers has the right tools in his vocabulary to advise the Uruguayan in the way in which he should aspire to behave in future, and eventually, the world of football will move on from this witch hunt directed at Suarez and we can all get on with enjoying the wonderful wizardry of a master at work.