MANSFIELD Town captain John Dempster has a somewhat surprising outlook when it comes to talk of Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, his win-at-all-costs mentality, and the huge wages he earns in comparison to those playing at Conference level.
Speaking ahead of the FA Cup 3rd round match between the two sides and reported in the Sunday Mirror, the Scot and boyhood Liverpool fan, whose father was born just 3 miles away from the great Bill Shankly’s home village, believes Suarez is worth every penny of his £120,000 per week wage:
“I have a lot of respect for Suarez, who is just trying to do the best he can for his team. Of course, when I watch Liverpool on TV and think about the money these guys are earning, it’s mind-blowing.
“But at the same time, there’s a massive part of me that thinks, ‘fair play’. If you play for Liverpool you are at the top of your profession, so I don’t begrudge them a penny of it. I’d love to get paid £150,000 [sic] a week. I could buy my house twice over with just a week of their money.
“But do you know what? I love the game as much as any Liverpool player does. I love going into training every day and I feel privileged to be paid for doing what I do.”
When talk turned to Suarez’s desire to win which he displays; something which the British media generally paints with negative connotations, Dempster doesn’t go down the ‘evil foreigners’ sensationalist route:
“You have to be careful with Suarez because he is a very clever player. I am sure some of the things he does are very much to do with the culture that he comes from, but if anything the level I play at is even more cut-throat.
“He [Suarez] is a winner – but the need to win in our division is even greater. People would be surprised what players get up to in the Conference but we’re not on television so it doesn’t get highlighted.
“We’re not just playing to win. We are fighting to pay our mortgages.”