There was widespread panic among Liverpool fans on Wednesday night as rumours appeared on the social networking website Twitter suggesting that some disappointing transfer news would soon to be revealed. What could it be? Who would be leaving? Jose Reina? Luis Suarez? Raheem Sterling? In the end, it turned out that the ‘news’ was about Uruguayan forward Suarez and how Premier League champions Manchester City were lining up a bid of around £40m to secure his services in January.
Compared to many of the other rumours which have emerged over recent months and transfer windows, this one appeared to seem realistic. Why wouldn’t the current title-holders want to purchase the current top-scorer in the top flight? However, City laughed the story off on their official website by suggesting that the ‘silly season’ had begun, while Liverpool’s manager, Brendan Rodgers, claimed that Suarez would not be sold. Supporters may be relieved following that bold statement, but for how long?
How long will Suarez stay at Anfield and play for a club that is not participating in the Champions League? The Uruguayan star is as loved by Liverpool fans as he is hated by supporters of other clubs, but even those who do not like his personality claim that he is an extremely talented footballer. Indeed, a number of leading clubs have been linked with Suarez over the past year, but he has remained on Merseyside and recently signed a new, long-term contract. Will his enthusiasm for the club last?
This is a transitional period for Liverpool under a new manager, but in order to keep players of Suarez’s quality, the club will likely have to start climbing up the table and pushing for a place in the Champions League, sooner rather than later. Former favourite Fernando Torres seemed to be in love with the club while he played for the Anfield outfit, but even he made the move to Chelsea when it appeared that the club was not making progress. Suarez has also said that he is committed to Liverpool, but is this commitment unconditional? Given the nature of football, it would seem not.
The Reds are making some progress, at least in style, under Rodgers – the biggest proof of that is the fact that supporters are not revolting despite the fact that Liverpool have picked up just two league wins from 11 games so far this term. The opportunities being given to youngsters such as Sterling, Suso and defender Andre Wisdom, who have all impressed this term, are also pleasing fans.
These improvements are all geared up to set up a brighter future for Liverpool, but until then, stories such as the one which emerged on Wednesday night will continue to cause panic across the fanbase. The only solution is for the Reds to pick up more points, starting this weekend against Wigan Athletic. In isolation, the result against Roberto Martinez’s side will not alter things greatly, but games against lesser opposition do affect the bigger picture. Liverpool need more victories. Suarez’s future will ultimately be decided by results.
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