The Times reports on the story no Liverpool fans wanted to hear. Luis Suárez has confirmed he would be open to a move to a Champions League club this summer, if they offer “more prospects of competing in international club competition games.”
In an interview with the French press agency AFP, Suárez said “You never know in football, a player’s ambition is always there, the ambition of wanting to play in elite teams is always there.”
Suárez is undoubtedly Liverpool’s best player. Brendan Rodgers has done an impressive rebuilding job at Anfield despite a slow start. He has brought in Daniel Sturridge and Phillippe Coutinho to ease the attacking burden on Suárez. To lose the Uruguayan now would be a major setback.
“There will always be interest in top players”
Rodgers is though, bracing himself for a long and difficult summer. Speculation will be rife about the future of his prized asset. The Anfield boss said “there will always be interest in top players and he (Suárez) is a world-class player.”
Liverpool have made attempts to secure Suárez and the Uruguayan signed a new contract recently worth over £100k a week. However, the Liverpool board understand that if they continue to miss out on Champions League football then Suárez will look for a future elsewhere.
The player is loyal to Liverpool and turned down the chance to talk to Juventus last summer. He has stated in the past how happy he is to be “at an elite team like Liverpool.”
Suárez and Rodgers share a philosophy
It is likely that Suárez may decide to stay for one more year at Anfield and see how the side progresses. He shares a footballing philosophy with manager Brendan Rodgers and may want to be a part of a new era at Anfield.
If Liverpool can fend off interest for Suárez this summer and Rodgers can bring in another couple of quality players, then Liverpool will be genuine top four contenders.
However, if Liverpool fail to get into the Champions League again next season then Suárez will head for the exit door, with Europe’s biggest clubs queuing for his signature.