Steven Gerrard could only be a spectator on Sunday as Liverpool hit Tottenham 5-0. Liverpool’s captain is currently injured and is armband was given to Luis Suarez who grabbed two goals against Spurs and put in another man of the match performance.
It seems like Suarez is either scoring or assisting in every game he plays for Liverpool this season as he has already chalked up 17 Premier League goals in only 11 games. It is this blistering form that is worrying Steven Gerrard as he fears that if Suarez continues playing this well, other teams are going to want to come in and try and sign him.
Speaking on Super Sunday after the Spurs game, Gerrard said, “We’re lucky to have him and we need to enjoy him while he’s here because if he keeps performances up like this, I hate to say it, but the big guns are going to be sniffing which is what we don’t want.
“Luis is the key to that (Champions League qualification). If he can stay in this form and keep producing good performances and goals like that, there’s no doubt we’ll finish in the top four and that’s what Luis wants and that’s what he deserves, he deserves to be in the Champions League. A player of that quality has to be in the Champions League.
“I think on current form he’s the best player in the world and that’s not being biased because he’s my team-mate and I’m a big fan of him.”
Suarez was heavily linked with a move away from Liverpool in the summer as he seeked to join a club playing in the Champions League. Arsenal are the only side who made an official bid which was swiftly rejected by the Reds. It tool Steven Gerrard himself to convince Suarez to stay this season and help get the side back into Europe’s elite competition.
So far, so good for Liverpool as we lie second in the league and well on course to finish in the top four. Gerrard’s fears are genuine, there are going to be teams coming in for Suarez, even as early as this January. But I am sure Liverpool are Suarez will hold firm in January and see out the rest of the season. The summer could be a different story as Suarez will almost certainly leave if the Reds do not finish in the top four. But if we do make it into the Champions League, it is not 100% guaranteed that Suarez will stay but we will be in a much better position to convince him to stay.