interviewed by the Guardian. Rodgers accused him of having a 'total disrespect of the club'.Luis Suarez of Liverpool FC has been told he must train as an outcast, away from his fellow teammates. Club manager, Brendan Rodgers, has reacted angrily to an attitude displayed by his Uruguayan international when he was
That the club wants to retain the services of the violent thug says more about its desire to win matches rather than win respect by doing the right thing. That is probably a tension in our own imperfect lives that we all have to cope with and hope to reconcile as best we can. It just becomes more pronounced and colourful when the dilemma is high profile and played out in public. It goes with the turf upon which celebrities strut.
Last season I wondered about the managerial ability of Brendan Rodgers. Having lost the first match of the campaign, the team never seemed to get into gear other than occasionally, and when it did it was never for long. In terms of trophies it was less successful than the side that stuttered and stumbled under Kenny Dalglish. It reached two finals, winning one, although it was not considered sufficient to save King Kenny’s crown. Nor should it have done.
Dalgish’s outfit was a team not built for the long haul or the success of yesteryear. Having not too long ago read through the Alan Hansen biography, it is hard to imagine the Dalglish side ever managing to open doors anywhere based on a claim to be Continuity Liverpool. At best the side played like a poor tribute band. Post-Benitz it began to resemble the Ulster Unionist Party: going nowhere and determined to pick leaders who would take them there.
Despite no silverware and a modest league finish, the players under Brendan Rodgers have begun to take shape as a unit, moving in unison and swaying in rhythm. A fan can watch in anticipation that it might just do something during a game rather than sitting tensely chewing fingernails, waiting on the inevitable howler or lack of concentration that often preceded another goal conceded. The team has a bite which is not exercised by its jaw muscle.
Suarez can score goals and is a terrific player in the sense that Mike Tyson was a great boxer but one who also bites opponents’ ears. With or without him Liverpool is on the up. He is not needed. Sure, there is a long way to go. The back line is just a short term formation, Toure a holding player rather than one who offers rock like long term stability in the sense that Mark Wright did. But with the long term replacement of Pepe Reina in goal by Simon Mignolet, the echelons of defence are digging in and should soon take on formidable shape.
Sport along with the role model purpose it serves in a world of media saturation and public display, is better served by fielding sports people and kennelling dogs. Each will find their own level. The public rowing over ownership of a thug with talent who clubs, were it not for the wealth associated with it, should be seeking to offload is unseemly. Suarez before he sees the red mist again should be shown the red card.