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Luis Suarez stops hating the English press long enough to use them in forcing a transfer

Brooks Peck
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So it's come to this. Luis Suarez pulled out of Liverpool's friendly against Valerenga because of a "foot injury" (translation: I want a transfer so badly that my foot hurts) and reportedly told the club that he doesn't want to appear in anymore preseason matches until his "future is resolved." And just to make sure his need to be sold is as clear as a bite on an opponent's arm, he gave exclusive interviews to both the Guardian and the Telegraph — two members of the same English press that he tried to blame for his desire to leave Liverpool in May.

Before we get to Suarez's talk of broken promises and praise for his own loyalty, a reminder of his first attempt to rationalize a move away from the club that stood by him through his many controversies and lengthy bans. From Sky Sports on the 31st of May, 2013:

"I love Liverpool, but if there is a chance of playing somewhere else...I suffered too much as a kid to get where I am to be attacked unfairly by the English press. They haven't appreciated me as a player, they've just judged my attitude."

Well, that didn't take and the club that was interested then — Real Madrid — are so obsessed with Gareth Bale that they've probably made a doll out of his hair. So now Suarez's best prospect at joining a Champions League club is Arsenal. Another side within the cruel domain of the English press and their unfair criticism of footballers who bite opponents on multiple occasions and are found guilty of racially abusing others while also scoring lots of goals that are totally more important.

Instead of spurning his wretched media critics and declaring his reasons for wanting to leave his club on his own website like Robin van Persie successfully did just last summer, Suarez offered them his sob story of a 26-year-old's desperate need for Champions League football to live.

From the Guardian:

"I'm 26. I need to be playing in the Champions League. I waited one year and no one can say that I did not give everything possible with my team-mates last season to get us there."

He continues: "It is not as if I am asking to move to a local rival. And I would not consider moving to a club outside the Champions League. I have made my desire to move known in private various times and now it feels like the time for me to make it public.

"I have to put my career first. People say Liverpool deserve more from me but I have scored 50 goals in less than 100 games and now they could double the money they paid for me."

He told pretty much the same tale of woe to both the Guardian and the Telegraph, so for the sake of variety, here's the rest of his story from the latter source:

“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.”

Suarez says that he will take his case to the Premier League if Liverpool don't honor a clause in his contract which he believes lets him free if an offer over £40 million was received. Arsenal offered Liverpool £40,000,001 last week. Suarez says he has the Professional Footballers Association on his side (even though he was booed twice at their awards gala in April).

This will likely be the end of Luis Suarez's time at Liverpool and though that period was marred by so many inexcusable incidents, you'll have to forgive him if he misunderstood manager Brendan Rodgers' "promise" of a top four finish or a transfer. Rodgers has some difficult in making himself clear on such matters, as exemplified the very same day as Suarez's latest comments.

Rodgers won't settle for second best. But fourth best will do just fine. Luis Suarez can't leave Liverpool under any circumstances. But he can leave if he does exactly what he's doing now.

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