Fernando Torres’ departure left a sour taste in almost every Liverpool fans mouth. The El Nino we all used to loved and bounced on the Kop for cheated us according to former Liverpool striker John Aldridge. How you may ask? Torres decided he wanted to leave Liverpool and stopped playing well and subsequently forced the club to sell him when he had made up his mind that he wanted to join Chelsea.
Aldridge said in the Liverpool Echo, “Once the window shut I never doubted whether Suarez would be fully committed. He doesn’t know any other way to play.
“He was never going to do what Torres did when he wanted out and cheat the fans.”
All too often in the game today, players start to sulk when they want to leave their club and as a result the club has to sell them as there is no point keeping a player that does not want to play for you.
Liverpool were almost caught in another Torres situation this summer with Luis Suarez. Liverpool’s number seven had said that he wants to leave the club in a bid to join a club in the Champions League. But the club refused to sell Suarez and rightfully so. Arsenal were the only club to table a bid which was a paltry £40million plus £1 which we rejected, meaning that Suarez was going no where.
Suarez could easily have cheated Liverpool fans like Torres, sulked and started to play badly but he did not do that. Instead, Suarez has come out all guns blazing this season and playing as if nothing happened in the summer as he continues to give his all to the club.
However, Aldridge fears that if Liverpool fail to qualify for the Champions League next season, Suarez may be off. Aldridge added, “Everything is going great at the moment but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t fear we’ll lose Suarez next summer. No matter how much you get, how do you try to replace someone like him?
“Brendan Rodgers is building something and we’re improving all the time. I just hope Suarez can see that and he does agree to stay beyond next summer. If we get in the Champions League maybe he will sign a new contract.
“The bottom line is that a player of his calibre and quality deserves to be playing in the Champions League.
“If we don’t get in the top four then he will be off – I think everyone knows and accepts that.”
I guess we all fear that Suarez may just leave if we can not offer him Champions League football next season. But there is nothing stopping FSG from telling Suarez he will not be sold again as he is still under contract at Liverpool. It will be interesting to see how the club handle Suarez if we do not make the top four. Maybe this time Suarez may pull of a Torres and cheat the Liverpool fans.