Liverpool will be facing a “hard time” if they want to keep Luis Suarez at the club this summer, according to their former director of football, Damien Comolli.
The Uruguayan’s future at Anfield is once again the subject of doubt following incidents in recent weeks.
Suarez is facing a lengthy ban for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini while in World Cup action, but that has not deterred talk that Barcelona are ready to take him away from Merseyside.
The 27-year-old recently apologised for the incident, in a move that Liverpool were reportedly unaware of.
This has promoted speculation that his actions were motivated by Barca’s eagerness for him to come out publically and accept the repercussions of his behaviour, while promising that a repeat – the recent incident was the third of it’s kind from the player in the last four years – of the offense will not happen.
Although Comolli – who worked at the club with Kenny Dalglish – says that Suarez has told him he’s happy at the club, he conceded that his intentions have always been to join one of Spanish football’s big teams:
“Speaking to Luis before, and during, the World Cup, he’s always said he is very happy at Liverpool,” he told talkSPORT.
“But, during our time together at Anfield, he told me that his dream is to play in Spain at one point in his career, especially at Barcelona or Real Madrid.
“His wife’s family live in Spain, he’s in Barcelona every time he gets a couple of days off and has a house there.
“I’ve always thought in my mind, and I told Kenny Dalglish at the time, that, if either of the big Spanish two came in and tried to get him, Liverpool would have a hard time to try and keep him.”
Liverpool are rumoured to be willing to accept bids of £80m for the forward, or £50m plus Chilean World Cup star Alexis Sanchez.