Is it now time for Liverpool to cash in on Luis Suarez?

When the final whistle blew on that extraordinary 3-3 draw between Crystal Palace and Liverpool, one of the most striking images was of an inconsolable Luis Suarez. A season of redemption, marked by an incredible personal performance appeared to have ended in spectacular heartache. Many Liverpool fans suggested that he felt like this because he cared about the club so much and that as a result, he was guaranteed to still be a Liverpool player next season. However, I’d seen this Luis Suarez before……

I was at Anfield last season when Liverpool were knocked out of the Europa League by Zenit and I distinctly remember a similarly crestfallen Luis Suarez after that match ended. Some will say he was just as disappointed to lose and to some extent I believe this, but I think there was more to it. I was lucky enough to be present at the Man of the Match award presentation after the game and something clearly wasn’t right with Luis. Was this the precise moment when he realised his future wasn’t with Liverpool FC?

Brendan Rodgers managed the Suarez transfer saga admirably in the summer and perhaps an even bigger achievement was to then get the very best out of the man. Despite his heroics, it appears that it may be in vain as Liverpool have faltered in the crucial stage of the title race. Suarez may feel he has delivered Liverpool Champions League football and that at 27, he may not be prepared to be part of an ‘unfinished article’ for another season.

Next season will be a difficult one for many reasons at Liverpool. A 1st season in the Champions League for Brendan Rodgers will be tough, particularly as they will be unseeded. They will need to considerably strengthen one of the smallest squads playing at the top level, with a budget that is modest compared to their main rivals. The big question is, if a team like Real Madrid pay the big bucks, would another pot of cash help Liverpool’s progress more than keeping Suarez?

I asked a similar question at the start of the season and the answer was overwhelming. Suarez has helped drive Liverpool on, but at some point the fans of the Reds may have to accept that Suarez deserves a chance to play at the very top level. If you were Suarez, imagine playing in a front 3 for Real Madrid alongside Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo. Maybe now is the perfect time to part ways……

@adamdellboy

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