Julian Hamilton / Daily Mirror
Luis Suarez is accused of showing “total disrespect” towards Liverpool by boss Brendan Rodgers – but I am not convinced,
Suarez is adamant he was given a promise that he and I have been in enough situations like that to know he could be telling the truth.
Fans are often left in the dark about what happens behind closed doors but the insight I have of being involved in record transfers prevents me from jumping to conclusions.
Some Liverpool fans have labelled over the promises made to him.
But it is important to realise these gentlemen’s agreements DO exist.
It is possible that Rodgers or managing director Ian Ayre said to Luis or his agent that if he
I really don’t think this is about Suarez being disloyal. I think it’s more a case of him feeling messed around by the club – and deciding to mess them around in return.
after looking after him so well but Suarez got this message in his head from somewhere, he has not made it up.
I am loath to say he is greedy and everything he stands for is wrong. I’ve been in situations as a player where you want to test yourself against the best.
After two good seasons at Nottingham Forest I knew I’d gone as far as I could and the next level for me was to join Liverpool.
For Suarez the next level is the Champions League, so I get why he wants to move.
A major problem in football is that
When I signed for three or four years I realised if I was not playing well they might want to sell me and I knew if I did well another club might buy me.
But otherwise, those terms would stand for the duration of my stay.
I never got into a scenario where I thought ‘If I do well this season I’ll knock their door down and renegotiate my contract’.
Because what if it happens the other way? If you have a rubbish campaign do you then knock on the gaffer’s door and say: “I think you need to cut my wages.”?
Now, players monitor their personal situation on almost a daily basis to see if they can get a better deal.
That’s killing the game because it is making fans feel more disillusioned by scenarios like the one being played out on Merseyside.
Whatever happens now, Suarez needs to leave – and Liverpool need to get as close to £50million for him as they can.
I genuinely believe that after all that has gone on, Suarez will be of little use to the club now.
And after all the hassle and aggro of the last couiple of years, the least they deserve is to bank a decent sum.