Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has suggested that Luis Suarez’s potential move to the Emirates Stadium would not be appropriate for the Merseyside club, as it would strengthen a club that is fighting for a similar goal in the league.
Suarez has been linked with a move to Arsenal ever since the Gunners made a shock £30 million bid for the striker earlier in the summer. Arsene Wenger has clearly been a silent fan of the Uruguayan, and never hinted at a possible move for the striker in the winter transfer window. The bid, which came as a surprise to Arsenal supporters as much as the media, was turned down by the Merseyside outfit, who were in no hurry to sell their world class striker.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has been defending Suarez’s actions ever since he took over the manager’s job last season, and continues to support his star striker. Rodgers has made four signings this summer including Luis Alberto, Iago Aspas, rumoured Atsenal target -Simon Mignolet and former Gunner – Kolo Toure. So far striker Iago Aspas signed from Spanish side Celta de Vigo, has looked impressive in Liverpool’s pre-season matches, and could play an important role in their season if Suarez moves on.
The importance of Suarez in the Liverpool lineup has been emphasized by many, and Gerrard, who has stuck by his boyhood club in frustrating times, also feels that Suarez adds extra quality to any lineup. The Uruguayan had earlier suggested that a move to Real Madrid could be possible if the Spanish giants were to show interest. However, Carlo Ancelotti’s latest move has sparked speculation all over England, with a world record £85 million bid on the table for Tottenham Hotspur star Gareth Bale, with the Welshman reportedly keen to make the switch to Spain.
According to the The Evening Standard, Gerrard is concerned about Suarez’s decision on a move, which could delay Liverpool’s wait for a UEFA Champions League spot. The Gunners have a good side, and with Suarez, Gerrard feels the London based rivals will have the upper hand in the race to finish fourth next season. Having said that, the England international would understand a move to Madrid or Barcelona is tricky.
Gerrard said, “The likes of us, Tottenham and Arsenal are fighting to sneak into the other place that’s available.”
“Where we sit actually right now, it all depends on what decision Luis Suarez makes in the next few weeks. If we lose him then the challenge becomes even more difficult. It’s that simple.”
“If he goes to Arsenal, it obviously makes our season that little bit more difficult.”
“It strengthens them an awful lot and they are our rivals for a top-four position. From the club’s point of view it doesn’t make sense at all, no matter how much money is put on the table.”