Liverpool’s owner John W Henry has every right to prohibit tearaway striker Luis Suarez from leaving the Reds high and dry just a week before the season starts.
Like a father who is finally pushed into grounding his son after repeated episodes of bad behaviour, Liverpool’s American owner has publically put the kybosh on his star player’s wishes to leave the house or in this case Anfield.
Speaking to various press, the Fenway Sports Group magnate said: “He won’t be sold even if a foreign club comes in because we do not have time to sign a suitable replacement. “It’s not about finances. So late in the window… we can’t replace him. So for football reasons we can’t sell, and especially to Arsenal.”
Such categorical sentiment now places the 10/11 on a potential Emirates arrival for Suarez under serious question, though 5/4 on the Uruguayan to remain on the Liverpool payroll after the transfer window closes conversely grabs the attention.
A testing late-in-the-day bid from Real Madrid is not out of the question such is the transfer form book of Spain’s megabucks bullies, though if John W is to be believed then the 7/2 on a Bernabeu switch is also rendered obsolete.
Naturally, there will be those (including many fans of the club) who would still urge Henry to get rid of the player given the shameful lack of respect he’s displayed to a club which has backed him to the hilt, despite being continually embarrassed by his actions, but this really is the only option at this juncture.
Like Henry says, Liverpool simply won’t be able to replace him now the hour-glass is draining on the transfer window and even if they wanted to, there is no one with anywhere near the ability of their number seven available on the market to replace him with.
With Liverpool so desperate to break back into the Champions League spots it would be professional suicide to consider selling to possibly their biggest rivals in that quest, the Gunners.
Letting him rot in the reserves until he sees the error of his ways and Liverpool have sufficient time to line up a January replacement seems far more sensible.
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