Friday, 31 May 2013

Blaming the media, but Suarez only has himself to blame

He has only played in England for two and a half seasons but Luis Suarez has had a bigger impact than most players to take to the field in the Premier League. The Uruguayan this week has stated that he is looking to leave Liverpool this week blaming the English press for the reason he wants to walk out of Anfield just months after penning a four-year deal with the club.

The forward has been the centre of attention this season both for good and bad reasons. Having scored 23 league goals for Liverpool, he finished second behind Robin Van Persie in the league's top goal scorers, the most a striker has scored for Liverpool in a season since Fernando Torres hit 24 Premier League goals in 2007/08. Suarez was making the news for the right reasons, and his performances were overshadowing the side of Suarez we have all come to know and dislike.

But it was too good to be true, and in the home game against Chelsea, Suarez inexplicably bit defender Branislav Ivanovic's arm which was punished with a ten match ban. The incident made sure that Suarez's season would be remembered for all the wrong reasons, putting all his hard work and excellent performances to waste.

Suarez wants to leave Liverpool in the summer
As they did with previous incidents, Liverpool stuck by the forward, something which was probably done with gritted teeth. A club masked in success had their image severely tarnished by stupid acts from one of their players. The club had t-shirts printed in Suarez's honour during his ban for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra, and as well as this, issued a statement of support for the Uruguayan after biting Ivanovic.

To have the support Suarez has received from both the club and fans, after what he has done, is a credit to the club who could have easily got rid of the player. To now have him questioning his future at the club, and mentioning Real Madrid as a possible option shows a complete lack of respect from Suarez. Liverpool don't deserve to be treated the way they have been this week, and instead, Suarez should have kept quiet and made a decision about his future behind closed doors.

However nothing is ever simple in football, and it was the English press who Suarez blames for the reason he wants out of English football. To most of us, using the press is a poor excuse and one that has been heavily frowned upon. Had Suarez acted in the correct manner on the football pitch, then perhaps he would have been treated a lot differently by the media. Suarez has no-one but himself to blame for the treatment he has received. The whole of Liverpool have backed the forward and during the hard times, they have supported him through thick and thin so he can't claim no-one has supported him.

It will be a real shame to see Suarez leave the Premier League if he is to go. On a footballing level, he is amongst one of the best players to take to a football pitch. The skill he brings to the game is a joy to watch and there are not many players out there like him. It will be a massive summer for both Liverpool and Suarez who need to resolve this saga as quick as possible.

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