Luis Suarez’s actions at the weekend appear to have undermined his manager and club to such a great extent that Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is ready to sanction his exit this summer.
Suarez refused to shake the hand of Patrice Evra prior to Saturday’s clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford, in doing so passing up the opportunity to draw a line under the race row that has shrouded the pair since last October.
While the snub was initially shocking in itself, it appeared all the more sensational after the match, when we learned that Suarez had declared to Dalglish his intention to shake hands with Evra last Wednesday.
Dalglish once again vehemently defended the Uruguayan during his post-match interview in the immediate aftermath of the game, although he did state it was the first he had heard of the handshake rejection.
With staunch criticism launched at the club and Suarez in particular from all areas, including the influential Sir Alex Ferguson who repeatedly attributed the term ‘disgrace’ to the player, Suarez, Liverpool, and manager Dalglish were forced to issue apologetic statements on Sunday.
The player himself accepted he made a mistake in not shaking Evra’s hand and apologised for letting his manager and club down, while Dalglish offered his sorrow at “failing to conduct himself in a manner befitting of a Liverpool manager” after admitting he was shocked to hear Luis didn’t shake his hand after being told he would.
Now, it appears stern disciplinary action is being planned against Suarez, and a summer exit appears imminent with the relationship between player and club at breaking point.
A host of European giants will be interested in securing the mercurial forward’s signature, with Spanish giants Real Madrid a possible candidate to rekindle their interest in the player.
Mega-rich Anzhi Makhachkala meanwhile, could offer a Russian escape route for Suarez, while both Milan clubs remain on the lookout for attacking reinforcements.