Jamie Carragher believes that Liverpool should not feel forced into selling Luis Suarez despite the striker’s professed unhappiness with life in the Premier League, as Suarez’s character will ensure he continues to give his all for the Reds, the
Suarez has spoken repeatedly this summer of his desire to leave English football, citing, among other factors, his treatment in the press after incidents of racial abuse directed towards Patrice Evra and his bite of Branislav Ivanovic. Suarez is still serving a 10-game ban for the latter – he will sit out the first six games of next season.
Real Madrid is Suarez’s preferred destination but Liverpool have insisted they will not sell the forward, and Carragher believes his old club are taking the right tack with the unsettled former Ajax captain. Carragher pointed to the different characters of Suarez and Fernando Torres as evidence.
“The thing about keeping unhappy players is an issue because we had that experience with Torres and keeping him wasn’t the right thing to do,” Carragher said. “But with a character like Luis Suarez, I don’t think that would be an issue and if Liverpool were to keep him, I’m sure he would be as committed as ever.
“If a player wants to go, it doesn’t mean the club has to accept it,” Carragher continued. “He signed a contract, so it’s the club’s decision more than Luis’s. He is one of the best players in the world and, when Real Madrid come calling, it will obviously turn a player’s head.
“So it’s not in Luis’s court, it’s in Liverpool’s court. It’s up to them to choose what they want to do.”
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