Never-ending saga: John Henry says Suarez not for sale, Suarez wants out


On a daily basis we get to hear from both sides of the camp.

And on a daily basis the situation between Liverpool Football Club and Luis Suárez stays the same.

“He’s not going anywhere” from owner John W Henry is followed by “I want to leave” by Suárez. Yet nothing happens, and nothing is likely to happen for quite some time.

Liverpool’s owner has once again reiterated the clubs stance on Suárez wish to move to Arsenal: not going to happen, Luis. Or something to that effect.

In fact, here’s exactly what Liverpool’s mega-rich American owner said.

“We are not going to sell Luis. It’s a football reason. It’s not finances. At this point, so late in window, with everyone who’s already moved or isn’t moving, we do not have time to replace him,” Henry continued. “So for football reasons we can’t – and especially to Arsenal. We’ve made that clear. I have said to Ivan Gazidis [Arsenal Chief Executive] in a personal conversation that we will not sell to Arsenal.”

(MORE: Suarez told to train on his own by Brendan Rodgers)

So Suárez is threatening legal issue as he believes a clause in his contract was triggered by Arsenal’s cheeky bid of £40 million + £1. He has been ordered to train with the reserves and is away from the first-team picture. He has embarrassed himself but clearly wants the move to play Champions League soccer. More on that shortly.

But first, yesterday another important passer-by threw his two cents into the debate. Former Liverpool great Jamie Carragher who retired at the end of last season (after 17 years of service to Liverpool) and has played with Suárez throughout the Uruguayan’s time at the Reds.

(MORE: Latest twist in Luis Suårez saga, Liverpool’s American owner says he will not leave)

All is not well on the training ground and Suárez’ professionalism was called into question, as Carragher witnessed his poor performance in training last week.

“He can’t carry on the way he’s been carrying on. Brendan Rodgers has come out and said that nobody is bigger than the club and that’s exactly right,” Carragher said. “It’s also how he’s coming across as a person to the Liverpool public and the country in general. Sometimes you’ve got to remember how people are seeing the situation and how people are looking at you.”

However, in terms of Suárez demanding Champions League soccer, Arsenal just got a very tough draw against Turkish side Fenerbache in the play-off round, so will he wait until they seal their place in the group stage before moving? He must do. So this will go on until August 28 at least. At least.

This never-ending saga shows no sign of reaching a conclusion. Arsenal want Suárez. Liverpool want Suárez. While Suárez will do anything to get away from Liverpool. Who will blink first and bow to pressure from the other side?

MLS Snapshot: Orlando City SC 2-1 Montreal Impact

Cyle Larin, Orlando City SC

The game in 100 words (or less): For weeks, it was a widely held belief that the Montreal Impact would snatch up the sixth and final playoff place in the Eastern Conference with little or no resistance from their opposition. As they went six games unbeaten (four wins), all looked to be setting up perfect for the club that fired Frank Klopas midseason, but there was another team in the race for sixth that kept winning themselves: Orlando City SC. On Saturday night, Montreal and Orlando City faced off at the Citrus, with the expansion Lions claiming their fourth-straight victory with a 2-1 triumph. Montreal now holds a one-point lead on Orlando in the race for sixth, and have two games in hand, but it’s no longer a foregone conclusion L’Impact will qualify for the playoffs no resistance whatsoever.

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Three moments that mattered

33′ — Bush’s mistake gifts Larin the opening goal — Larin did what your taught to do as a striker — “put it on frame, test the goalkeeper” — but in no universe does a shot so feeble have any business finding the back of the net. Evan Bush has been great this year. Hopefully (for Montreal’s sake), this howler doesn’t turn into the yips with the playoffs looming.

43′ — Hall’s “mistake” gifts Oduro an equalizer — Dominic Oduro equalized in the 43rd minute, when he took the ball out of the hands of Tally Hall and smashed it into the back of the net, but the goal should have been disallowed due to Hall having full control of the ball.

80′ — Hines hits the winner for Orlando — Seb Hines put the ball back into the mixer and just so happened to find the back of the net in the 80th minute. Sometimes that’s all it takes.

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Man of the match: Seb Hines

Goalscorers: Larin (33′), Oduro (43′), Hines (80′)

MLS Snapshot: NY Red Bulls 2-1 Columbus Crew SC

Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls
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The game in 100 words (or less): Two weeks in a row Columbus Crew SC have had a chance to go top of the Eastern Conference with a victory, and two weeks in a row Crew SC have failed to take a single point from massively important fixtures. Their latest defeat, a 2-1 humbling at the hands of the East-leading New York Red Bulls, started so well for Gregg Berhalter’s side, but was undone by a pair of costly, comedic defensive errors that allowed Lloyd Sam and Bradley Wright-Phillips (15th of the season) to erase an early deficit (Justin Meram) and win all three points. The result not only keeps the Red Bulls top of the East, but gives them a three- and four-point cushion with three and two games in hand on their nearest competitors., D.C. United and New England Revoltion respectively. For Crew SC, they’re four points back of the Red Bulls in fourth place, one point ahead of fifth-place Toronto FC, who have a game in hand.

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Three moments that mattered

9′ — Meram pokes it past Robles for an early lead — Meram “earned” his goal all the way back in midfield, when the Iraqi international’s mazy run took a routine turnover inside Crew SC’s defensive half and turned it into a dangerous counter-attacking opportunity. Harrison Afful overlapped and provided the cross for Meram to send home.

12′ — Sam capitalizes on multiple mistakes to equalize — Crew SC pass the ball out of the back. They don’t boot it forward to clear. It’s just what they do. Sometimes, that’ll bite you. When your goalkeeper and right back both have blunders clearing the ball 10 seconds apart, you probably deserve to concede an ugly, scrappy goal.

21′ — Wright-Phillips capitalizes on more defensive gaffes — See the above description for Red Bulls goal no. 1.

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Man of the match: Damien Perrinelle

Goalscorers: Meram (9′), Sam (12′), Wright-Phillips (21′)