The Luis Suarez situation just keeps getting worse and worse for Liverpool. After Suarez pulled out of a friendly against Valerenga with a “foot injury”, he then spoke to the Mirror and ripped Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool.
Suarez claims that the Liverpool boss told him last summer that he could leave this summer if the Reds did not qualify for the Champions League.
“I want to move to play in the Champions League, and there is a club offering me that opportunity,” said the Uruguay international. “I have told the manager that I want to leave the club.
“I am being accused of showing a lack of loyalty, but last year I had the opportunity to move to a big European club and I stayed, on the understanding that if we did not qualify for the Champions League the following season then I would be allowed to go.
“I gave absolutely everything last season but it was not enough to give us a top-four finish. Now all I want is that Liverpool honour our agreement.
“Last season, we told Liverpool there was interest from a top European club but they told me, ‘We have a new coach, we are going to push for the Champions League’.
“I spoke with Brendan Rodgers several times and he told me, ‘Stay another season, and you have my word, if we don’t make it then I will personally make sure that you can leave.’
“Liverpool is a club with a reputation for doing things the right way, I just want them to abide by the promises made last season.”
“I am 26, I need to be playing in the Champions League,” he continued. “I feel I have done enough to be playing in the Champions League at this stage of my career. Now there is an option for me to do that and I want very much to take it.
“I don’t feel betrayed but the club promised me something a year ago just as I promised them that I would stay and try everything possible to get us into the Champions League.
Suarez is also upset as he believes that when he redid his contract a year ago that it included a clause which allows him to leave Liverpool if an offer for over £40m came in. Something that Liverpool dispute. Arsenal have ironically offered £40m, plus another pound for the striker.
“I have the club’s word and we have the written contract and we are happy to take this to the Premier League for them to decide the case, but I do not want it to come to that,” added Suarez. “We have the backing of the PFA.”
Suarez is not just burning his bridges at Anfield his is torching them. I cannot see any way back for Suarez at the club. The only one smiling here is Arsene Wenger as Liverpool will have to sign the striker after these comments.