Is Suarez’s departure hurting Liverpool?
This summer Liverpool sold their star player Luis Suarez to Barcelona for a tremendous £75million. But after this season’s shaky start by Liverpool the question is are Liverpool a world-class team without him? Let’s start with examining recent history.
In late January (2011), Luis Suarez, after an impressive World Cup, moved to Liverpool from Dutch champions Ajax for £22.8million. Just over a year later, the Uruguayan helped Liverpool win the Football League Cup and climb from 12th to 6th in the Premier League.
His first full season though was, by his and Liverpool’s standards, rather disappointing; the Reds finishing 8th in the league with Suarez netting on just eleven occasions, partly due to him being banned for 12 matches for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra!
In the 2012-13 season he was scoring hat-tricks for fun but was in trouble again for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanivic. Liverpool finished the season as Premier League Runners Up.
One of his personal achievements was winning the 2013-14 PFA Players’ Player of the year, making him the first ever non-European player to win it. He also won FWA player of the year! Since he scored 31 Premier League goals, he also won the Premier League Golden Boot and shared the European Golden Boot with Christiano Ronaldo.
With Liverpool, Suarez had grown into a world-class player, known worldwide. Unfortunately, his antics in the World Cup, when millions witnessed him biting Italian player Giorgio Chiellini (see image), meant his days at Liverpool were numbered. He joined Barcelona and, with his latest ban nearly over, will be playing for the Spanish side very soon.
Since his departure, Liverpool have only managed just three Premier League wins and are looking very, very ordinary without the magic of Luis Suarez.
Harrison, Year 6