By Aaron Cawley.
For those of you who have watched Monty Python’s Life of Brian, you’ll get the title of this particular piece. Who’s the messiah? Well it’s Luis Suarez. The admiration from Liverpool fans for the Barcelona forward sickens me.
Suarez is a great player, that, there is no doubt of, but his carry on and behaviour in his last two seasons at Liverpool was nothing short of despicable.
From courting a move to Arsenal, to his racist comment to Manchester United player Patrice Evra and the whole fiasco that followed that. Then there was the biting of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. Suarez for me did more harm to the club than good. Oh, and I’ve forgot to mention his whoring of himself to Real Madrid.
Over the 2013/2014 season I made a conscious decision in any article I did not to mention his name. This of course caused hassle for me from a certain section of fans. How could I celebrate his goals without mentioning his name. Isn’t that hypocritical. Maybe it was but first and foremost I’m a Liverpool fan and of course I’m going to celebrate when the team scores.
I even celebrated recently when Lucas Leiva scored against Plymouth in the FA Cup. And I have a strong dislike of a player who has managed to con a succession of managers in to believing he was a decent player.
Liverpool fans should just get over the whole Suarez thing. Why the love for him and not for Fernando Torres or Michael Owen?
OK, the Owen and Manchester United thing I get but while at the club, Owen single-handedly won Liverpool the FA Cup in 2002 against Arsenal. That’s more than Suarez ever did at Liverpool. Just for the record I don’t like Owen myself. Is there not a bit of hypocrisy going on there?
Suarez, I believe was the reason Kenny Dalglish got the sack after getting Liverpool to an FA Cup final and a winning a League Cup. His handling of the whole Evra affair and his support of Suarez didn’t go down well with the owners, especially when Standard Chartered threatened to pull out of the sponsorship deal with Liverpool if Suarez didn’t apologise to Evra.
Then there was the bite. It’s not like Suarez didn’t have previous for it. He forced a move from Ajax by chomping down on PSV player Otman Bakkal on the 20th November 2010. This prompted Ajax to suspend Suarez for two games and fine him. Less than 2 months later, Suarez was on his way to Liverpool. Strange that huh? Suarez bites a player and gets a big money move.
Less than a year at Liverpool and Suarez was in trouble with the FA after he racially abused Evra. For that incident, Suarez received a eight game ban but this was only the beginning of Suarez and The FA locking horns.
The next episode came on the 21st April 2013, Suarez was up to his old tricks again. During a 2-2 draw with Chelsea, Suarez took a chunk out of the shoulder of Ivanovic. For this incident Suarez received a ten game ban. This was the final nail in the coffin that was Suarez’s career at Liverpool.
That summer Suarez threw a strop and Steven Gerrard had to beg Suarez to stay at the club after that infamous bid by Arsenal.
A bid that prompted Liverpool owner John W Henry’s now infamous tweet: “What do you think they’re smoking over there at Emirates?”
What do you think they're smoking over there at Emirates?
— John W. Henry (@John_W_Henry) July 24, 2013
After an intervention from Gerrard, Suarez was welcomed back in to the Liverpool fold. Suarez finished the 2013/2014 season as Liverpool’s player of the year as he guided the club to a second finish in the Premier League.
But there was a storm brewing and it was brewing in Brazil. Suarez was at the World Cup representing Uruguay. During a group game with Italy, Suarez was back to his selfish best. Obviously not happy that Liverpool refused him a move the previous summer, he bit Italian defender Georginio Chellini in a carbon copy of the incident which forced his move to Liverpool.
With so much controversy surrounding Suarez Liverpool were led to with no choice but to sell him to Barcelona, even though FIFA had banned him from all footballing activities for four months.
The love for Suarez from some fans is disgusting. A player who dragged not the good name of purblind club through the mud, but also it’s reputation. Fans need to let it go, he’s gone and he’s never coming back. And I for one am a happy camper knowing Suarez will never again damage the reputation of the club I love.
So just remember, Suarez is not the Messiah, he’s a naughty naughty boy. And a leopard never changes his spots.
Time to move on now and support what have at the club.