‘Unless something drastic happens’ Luis Suarez is staying at Liverpool


Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has taken to the mic to (once again) explain that Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is set to remain at Anfield in 2013-14.

But this time the Reds gaffer left himself a little bit of wiggle room explaining that “unless something drastic happens, [Suarez] will be staying here.”

It’s difficult to say what exactly qualifies as “drastic” for Rodgers.

Racially abusing a player?

Biting the arm of a player?

How about Suarez expressly saying that he wants to leave Liverpool?

Thus far, apparently none of these events qualify as rising to the level of “drastic” in the eyes of Rodgers.

There’s a few different ways people can interpret this situation but the over-arching point, although quite simple, is this – Luis Suarez is a ridiculously talented striker and Liverpool are desperate to hold on to him.

For Rodgers and Liverpool (and myself, for that matter), Suarez, along with Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robin van Persie, Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao, is one of the top six strikers in world. And when you own a top six striker in the modern game, you do everything in your power to keep him. Even if that includes taking your fair share of PR hits.

A lot of people were (justifiably) astounded by the $84.5 million (£55.6m) transfer fee that Paris Saint-Germain forked-out this past Tuesday when they purchased Cavani from Napoli.

There’s no getting around it, $84.5 million is a ton of dough. In fact, it represents the fifth largest sum ever paid in a world football transfer fee (following Kaka’s $85m move from AC Milan to Real Madrid, Ibrahimovic’s $90m move from Inter Milan to Barcelona, Zinedine Zidane’s $98 move from Juventus to Real Madrid, and Cristiano Ronaldo’s $121.5m move from Manchester United to Real Madrid).

The fact that one player on a squad of eleven can command that kind of dough is astounding. The sad truth, however, is that kind of fee merely reflects the awesome premium that top-billing strikers have in the game today. That’s the cost of winning.

Defense? It’s for the birds.

So exactly what will constitute “drastic” in the world of Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool such that they will sell Suarez?

A transfer fee that would land Suarez on the list of high-rollers mentioned above.

Until then, expect the Uruguayan wonder to remain at the Kop.


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Memphis jersey biggest seller in Premier League

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Memphis Depay‘s name has been printed on more Premier League jerseys than anybody else.

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According to, the Manchester United winger is the biggest climber on their top 10 list and fans have flocked to have “Memphis” printed on the back of their United jerseys.

The Dutch winger, 21, has had an up-and-down start to life at Old Trafford but that is not detracting fans from having Memphis, the name he prefers, emblazoned on the back of their shirts. Folks from an unnamed city in Tennessee, have you been buying lots of jerseys on the internet? No doubt the number of United fans in that region has sky-rocketed in the last few months. No doubt.

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Anyway, below is the list of the top 10 players name printed by Kitbag.

Top 10 selling jerseys worldwide

1. Lionel Messi – Barcelona
2. Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid
3. Memphis Depay – Manchester United
4. Bastian Schweinsteiger – Manchester United
5. Eden Hazard – Chelsea
6. Wayne Rooney – Manchester United
7. Neymar – Barcelona
8. Sergio Aguero – Manchester City
9. Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal
10. Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool

New Arsenal contracts on the way for Alexis, Ozil

Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil
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Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are both in line to be handed new contracts by Arsenal.

The attacking duo, who have been in fine form in recent weeks after slow starts to the season, both have current deals which run until 2018 but the Gunners are said to be keen on locking the attacking midfielders down to contract extensions.

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According to the Daily Mail, Sanchez is set to become Arsenal’s top earner with a new deal on the table in excess of $220,000.

Sanchez is currently being paid $197,000 per week but is not the highest paid player at the Emirates, with Ozil taking that mantle and earning a cool $215,000 a week. Speaking of Ozil, talks over a new deal for him are also being prepared by Arsene Wenger and club officials with the German playmaker finally showing consistency this season, which is his third campaign in the Premier League following his $63 million move from Real Madrid in 2013.

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Sanchez, 26, missed most of Arsenal’s preseason after winning the 2015 Copa America with Chile on home soil this summer, but he is now back in his groove and the former Barcelona forward has scored five goals in his last two PL games and seven times in his last four outings for club and country.

Ozil scored his first goal of the season against Manchester United in Arsenal’s recent 3-0 win, as Ozil and Sanchez ripped United’s defense apart in a stunning 19-minute spell at the beginning of the match.

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With Theo Walcott locked down to a new long-term contract in the summer, Wenger now looks to have found his go-to front three as Walcott, Sanchez and Ozil possess a superb combination of pace, power and trickery. It’s no surprise to hear reports about new deals being prepared for Sanchez and Ozil, as the duo have that extra bit of class which has seen the Gunners win back-to-back FA Cups and comfortably finish in the top four of the PL.

Now, can they kick on and contend for the title this season? If Sanchez and Ozil stay fit and in-form, there’s no reason why not.