Saturday, February 25, 2017

Is Luis Suarez irreplaceable?

Liverpool's Luis Suarez looks set to leave the Reds and join Spanish giants Luis Suarez

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez looks set to leave the Reds and join Spanish giants Barcelona

Last season Liverpool striker Luis Suarez swept the board at the English football awards and scored 31 Premier League goals, despite missing the first five games of the league season through suspension.

The Uruguayan’s effort helped the Reds come within a whisker of winning their first top-flight title in 24 years.

Reputation

Suarez is now regarded as one of the best strikers in world football and yet some Liverpool fans are hoping that the club cash in on the 27-year-old, after his latest biting incident sent shockwaves through football.

The incident has once against damaged the reputation of Liverpool Football Club and was one too many for some Reds fans. Suarez is without doubt a fantastic footballer, but he has this ‘accident waiting to happen’ feeling about him.

He cannot control himself. Twice in just over a year he has appeared to bite somebody on a football pitch, which as one Reds fan put it is just ‘ridiculous’. It seems that this latest incident is the last straw for a lot of Liverpool fans.

However for Liverpool’s hierarchy it is a tough decision to make. They have to weigh up his fantastic ability with his tendency to self-implode. It seems the Liverpool hierarchy are now ready to allow the striker leave Anfield.

Negotiations

According to Sky Sports, Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre was in London on Wednesday holding talks with Barcelona about the sale of the striker.

A Liverpool source claimed: “The talks held today were productive, there are sensible expectations on both sides. Further talks and discussions are to take place, but nothing is finalised as of now.”

The striker favours a switch to the Catalan giants, with arch-rivals Real Madrid also interested in signing the striker. The striker has family connections with the club from Catalonia.

Liverpool are interested in signing Chilean international Alexis Sanchez as part of the Suarez deal, but the Reds face stiff competition for the World Cup star, as the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Juventus are also being linked with the former-Udinese ace.

Sanchez has a number of options this summer, so he may decide to move elsewhere. Whether Sanchez is involved in the Suarez deal or not it seems almost inevitable that Luis Suarez will be leaving Merseyside this summer.

Apology

The Uruguayan was handed a four-month ban from any football activity for his bite on Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup and originally denied biting the Juve defender. However, he has now apologised and his ban could be reduced for the apology.

The more cynical people in football have suggested that the apology was just an attempt to appease Barcelona ahead of transfer talks. Whether or not that is true we will never know, but the apology looks likely to work in his favour in his attempts to reduce his ban.

A reduced ban would mean Suarez missing fewer games at the start of the new campaign, whether he starts the season at Liverpool or Barcelona.

Fantastic

Take away Suarez’s tendency to munch on opposition players and he is simply a fantastic footballer. He has breath-taking skill, works his socks off and has a tremendous will to win, which has helped him become so successful.

Suarez is also that rare striker in football these days, a prolific one. Too many strikers at the top level fail to produce on a consistent level. Suarez does not have that problem. The Uruguayan always seems to be at the heart of everything his team does.

Not only did Suarez score 31 Premier League goals last season, he also created 12 for his teammates. His football intelligence is second to none in the Liverpool team and his combination play with the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling was a key to the Reds title challenge in the last campaign.

Suarez is a match-winner, pure and simple. He produces goals out of absolutely nothing and to say that he will be difficult to replace would be an understatement.

Ideal

Luis Suarez moving to Barcelona would be ideal for the Uruguayan as his wife’s family live in the Catalan capital. The 27-year-old has given everything he has for Liverpool whenever he has stepped out onto the pitch, but it looks like it could be the right time for him to move on, with Suarez now odds of 1/6 to join Luis Enrique’s team.

Replacement

I would say it would be impossible for Liverpool to find a straight replacement for Luis Suarez. He is such a unique player, he cannot be replaced. However, with a mooted fee of £70-80million the Reds could heavily strengthen their squad with a Champions League campaign ahead of them next season.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has already spent £40million on the likes of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Emre Can. The Northern Irishman could be about to be handed an even bigger transfer kitty.

However, somehow I think he would probably have preferred to keep his star player this summer. That now looks unlikely and Liverpool will now have to find a solution to replacing the Uruguayan, which will be no easy task.

Is Luis Suarez irreplaceable?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The 33-year-old has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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Johnie
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Johnie

Nobody is irreplaceable ! Before Suarez we had Torres whom we cried out not to leave, Liverpool moved on and I am sure we will get even better.

Stuy YNWA
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Stuy YNWA

Well said johnie.. Pool has a young talent rich team being assembled.. Before Suarez it was Torres .. After Suarez it will be …. Watch this space.. YNWA

Mike Teo...Singapore
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Mike Teo...Singapore
Even Suarez is Irreplaceable..Its a sad fact that he is the Worst Self Centered..Self Adoring “Liar” ever in the history of soccer…this is from me,one of his most ardent fans before his latest shameful antigues..!! First how can a man profess..he have undying love for his wife & children…yet put them through continuous anxieties & shamefulness over & over again???they dont deserve this kind of Selfish love…especially his children ! Secondly how can he be a True son of Uruguay..when he lets not only his family..his team-mates and his poor country down ??Imagine how he threw away the hardwork of… Read more »
zack torres
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zack torres

YNWA !!! Suarez !!

Brad
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Brad

Forget the talent. . . . this kid shouldn’t be a professional with all the antics he’s pulling. At least Super Mario is growing up, now it is Suarez’s turn.

johnnydoejr
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johnnydoejr

LFC will realize the sale of Suarez will be a catastrophe…..he was their best defender. The defense will suffer. Neymar’s absence proved that in 7-1 loss. He took immense pressure off the defense.

Rogers
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Rogers

He is a great player we are to lose.he will be remembered at anfield.I hope he changes 4 the better 4 a proffesional doesnot do such hineous acts reccurently.

Dumi Mchunu
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Dumi Mchunu

yes he is a super splendid player but he must learn to control himself and grow like Baloteli

Chris olewuezi
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Chris olewuezi
I luv his play, he does fantastic play which makes way 4 his team mate 2 get d ball going on the pitch dia so we all ar going 2 miss him so much as we all knw nw we cant get a replacement 4 him an is very tough 4 us diz season 2 go true, bredan is jus signing most southampton boys which is nt d major fit 4 us in d club so am subjecting 4 us 2 go back 2 chelsea an pick back our hit man back toress i knw he is a gud player… Read more »
zama boris
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zama boris

wow Luis what a wonderful player i hope you where still in Liverpool but never mind Barcelona is still a good team.

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