Former Liverpool midfielder Terry McDermott believes that his old club should cash in on Luis Suarez if he wants to leave.
The Reds striker is currently embroiled in yet another scandal after receiving a massive four month ban for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini while playing for Uruguay at the World Cup.
Prior to the event the 27-year-old was being linked with a move to Barcelona, and speculation has only increased since his misdemeanour.
The Spaniards are rumoured to be willing to pay big for the hit-man, yet many fans on Merseyside do not want to see ‘El Pistolero’ – who netted 31 Premier League goals last season – leave.
McDermott says that if Suarez wants to stay the club should stick by him, but that if he wants to go he has to be sold:
“Nobody wants to see Luis Suarez leave Liverpool, least of all me.” He is quoted by the Daily Star.
“Liverpool are by far a better team when he is in it and anyone who argues otherwise is kidding themselves.
“Me? I would ask him outright: ‘Do you want to play for Liverpool?’ If the answer is yes, then you help him and try to rehabilitate him.
“But if the answer is no, then I would say let him go. I know that won’t be a popular thing to say to a lot of Liverpool supporters but the club is far bigger than any one player.
“We have all seen the stories that have come out in the last few days.
“They are very similar to the ones we saw last year when he was trying to get a move.
“It’s just my opinion but I would put the ball back into his court. ‘Do you want to stay or not? If not, then try and get the right deal for the club and move on.”