The summer transfer window is yet to open, but with reports in the papers suggesting Luis Suarez is happy to stay at Liverpool, no business will be more well-received by the club than the sentiments he has been quoted as saying.
Turn the clock back just less than a year and speculation had emerged surrounding Luis Suarez’s future. The Uruguayan striker was in bang in the middle of a 10-game domestic ban, and all the noises coming from his camp – himself and his agent likewise – was that he was unsettled and that he was keen to move on to greener pastures, i.e. a club that could offer Champions League football.
Nearly 12 months on and the future looks brighter for Suarez and Liverpool.
“Don’t worry, nothing is going to happen to me. I’m very happy here and my family is happy here. If we could win the Premier League and bring the trophy home it would be incredible, a dream come true.”
And why would Suarez be considering elsewhere right now? He has just recently collected the PFA Player of the Season award, having amassed a total of 30 goals and 12 assists in the Premier League. He’s destined to be awarded the Golden Boot, and has a serious chance of collecting a Premier League winner’s medal. He’s a key part of a young, talented, and maturing side, with a progressive manager, challenging up at the top of the Premier League for the first time in years. It could hardly be more exciting for Liverpool right now, and with Suarez in tow, the outlook is even more positive.
Rumours that Real Madrid are planning a big-money move for Suarez are unlikely to tempt Liverpool, but the potential to unsettle Suarez in noteworthy. A player of his quality can’t be content at a club languishing down below the Champions League spots. But with Liverpool’s progression, and Suarez’s contribution to the cause, keeping a player of his calibre isn’t quite as taxing.
In Suarez, Liverpool have one of the very top players in the world. He is arguably one of only four or five who could even consider themselves to have reached a standard anywhere near comparable to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He already earns big money – his recent contract extension took his earnings to over £100k per week – and he has carved out a niche in a side which allows him the freedom to express himself on the field. He has the faith of the club and the fans, and is at a club chasing major honours.
No matter how much is spent at Anfield in the summer, no piece of business they do will be better music to their ears than Suarez’s happiness. The type of talismanic ability he possesses isn’t readily available, and no replacement can be guaranteed to touch on what the Uruguayan has achieved for Liverpool this season.
Tottenham’s shambles in the last summer transfer window showed the devastating effect the loss of one key player can have. No matter how much quality they brought in to accommodate for Gareth Bale’s departure, they haven’t found a mixture that can make up for what he brought to the side.
Competing on multiple fronts next season will require Suarez to be at his fiery, most rampant best. Ensuring Suarez is happy will keep Liverpool happy, and vice versa. The relationship is currently two-way between the club and player. As long as it stays that way, it could flower into something far more beautiful than it already has become.