Brendan Rodgers’ comments on Suarez owing loyalty to Liverpool have misfired, with Suarez reportedly ‘furious ‘over them. Rodgers said to Sky Sports, “The support he has received from the supporters and the people of the city of Liverpool has been unrivalled.
“In this period of time he’s missed a lot of games for the club through various reasons. The people have stood by him, like a son and really looked after him. Whatever happens in the coming weeks that will be in his mind, because it’s something you can never forget.”
He has claimed that Suarez owes the club and its fans for sticking with him, while he had his racism incident and when he bit Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic. He believes that the club have stood with him through thick and thin, and Suarez should repay that loyalty, while Suarez reportedly believes that he has earned the respect of the fans and the club through his performances, and the 30 goals that he scored to drag Liverpool to a seventh-placed finish in the Premier League. He might also be feeling that he was being lectured by a person who doesn’t know what loyalty is, since Rodgers too left Swansea to manage at a better club, which Suarez thinks that he is entitled to do too.
This is all too familiar for Arsenal fans, with what happened with Robin Van Persie at the start of last season, where he refused to sign a new contract, after scoring 37 goals in the season, and moved the Arsenal’s fierce rivals, Manchester United. On this thought, it is easy to sympathise with Liverpool fans, but it feels good to be taking the best players of your rivals, instead of selling your best players to them, for once. Though, even if Suarez does come to The Emirates, there is no guarantee that he won’t bite anyone and try to leave Arsenal for another club, which he has done before Ajax, where during a two game suspension, he secured a move to Liverpool, and if he moves to Arsenal this summer, history will repeat itself, and who is to say that it won’t repeat again. However it is imperative for Arsenal to sign a proven striker after losing out on Gonzalo Higuain to Napoli.