Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge believes that the Merseysiders will stick by Luis Suarez despite his latest ban.
FIFA yesterday hit the 27-year-old striker with serious punishment for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s 1-0 World Cup victory earlier this week.
Suarez will be banned from nine international games, but on top of that he will be unable to partake in any matches for Liverpool for a period of four months.
With his past indiscretions – he has bitten Otman Bakkal in his Ajax days, did the same to Branislav Ivanovic while playing at Anfield and been punished for racially abusing Patrice Evra – many have speculated that this latest episode may force the Premier League runners-up to cut ‘El Pistolero’ loose.
But Aldridge feels that Liverpool will stand by their 31-goal forward:
“Everyone’s got to buckle down and make sure nothing like that ever happens again. Three times is bad enough, but if it were to happen again that would be it.” He told Sky Sports.
“There may be some people want to turn their back on him, but I think the club will try and stick by him. In a Liverpool shirt he’s been impeccable. they just have to work with him, work on whatever triggers it off and make sure it never happens again.”
Aldridge also believes that Real Madrid and Barcelona will now halt their interest in Suarez:
“I think for your Barcelonas and Real Madrids it’s untenable now to come and take him knowing he’s got a worldwide ban for so long,
“I think the only possible situation now is for him to stay at Liverpool, and perhaps in the long-term stabilise his position as a Liverpool player.”