Where are the days when money didn’t do all the talking in people’s minds? Back in the day, once a player and the club committed their future to each other, that was where the line would be drawn.
If people want to point at high profile departures in recent years, then let’s look at Cristiano Ronaldo. Fantastic player for Manchester United, in terms of statistics anyway, yet only left after he’d expressed his desire to leave.
Robin Van Persie and Cesc Fabregas, again left Arsenal because they wanted to.
David Beckham left Manchester United back in 2003 because of a major fall-out with Alex Fergusson who just didn’t want him anymore.
Fernando Torres left Liverpool because he was constantly complaining about anything and everything over the last year of his stint at Anfield. Plus he handed in a transfer request on deadline day in January, which was well timed with Chelsea’s £50 million offer.
So with these examples in mind, how is Suarez part of a building transfer speculation? He’s said he wants to stay, the manager would be brain dead to let him go – given he’s been pulling the team forward for weeks now, and the fact that other teams are scared of him makes it absolutely ridiculous to consider letting him go.
The same mistakes seem to be repeated in terms of hanging out the proven players to dry, in anticipation of what another good player could do in a Liverpool shirt.
This habit of salivating at every possible opportunity of ‘what could be’ has been one of the major reasons for Liverpool’s downfall.
The players who’re more or less anything but the engine in the team, have been lately treated as more than replaceable. Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam combined for Raul Meireles had to be the biggest joke of them all.
The Liverpool management currently seem to be doing well in terms of identifying the people who are integral to the squad. Suarez is one of them.
The Galactico’s should have, on paper, cut open every defence they came up against, to absolute shreds.
It didn’t happen.
So what Clint Dempsey or an Edin Dzeko can do in a Liverpool shirt is all too well to try and imagine, but not at the expense of Luis Suarez doing to the Reds’ defence, what he’s doing to the rest of England right now.
Surely Andy Carroll, whether he’s asked back from the Hammers, or sold on, albeit at a loss, would still make enough funds available for a decent forward. It doesn’t always have to be a big player.
Why not someone like Shane Long? He wouldn’t be too expensive for FSG to scratch heads over signing the cheque, yet he had enough quality last weekend to make the Chelsea defence look like schoolboys.
Liverpool used to create stars, not chase them. Maybe it’s time to return to certain basics as far as attitude and approach is concerned, before the past glories are dreamt about making a return to Anfield.