Liverpool legend John Barnes believes that the backing that Luis Suarez has received from the Reds’ supporters in the wake of controversy has led to the unsettled striker thinking that he is bigger than the club, reports the Daily
Suarez hopes to leave Liverpool this summer, with an official transfer request expected in the coming days. He has now been told by manager Brendan Rodgers to train alone after claiming that he should be allowed to leave for a club competing in the Champions League. Arsenal have seen two bids rejected for the Uruguayan.
The Liverpool fans have continued to support Suarez despite a number of controversies, including when the 26-year-old was banned for eight games in 2011 for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra, and after biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in April, for which he received a 10-game suspension.
And Barnes says that the Liverpool supporters’ loyalty towards Suarez has created a problem. He told TalkSPORT: “This situation has been going on for years. I said when (Fernando) Torres signed (for Liverpool), ‘don’t fall in love with him because if he decides he’s going to go, don’t be surprised’. And I said the same about Suarez.
“The media and especially the fans have empowered players too much to make them feel that a) they are better than their team-mates and b) they’re better than their clubs.
“What has empowered him and the likes of Torres is they feel team is losing not because of them but because of their team-mates. ‘Our superstar player’s feel they are untouchable. We’ve gone too far and there’s no way back.
“The fans have a lot to answer for. Don’t fall in love with players because they will leave given the right circumstances. Support the club, support the group and then, if any player wants to step out of line, we won’t support him. Maybe then they won’t get over-inflated egos and behave the way they do.”
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