LIVERPOOL: Luis Suarez’s latest tussle with Liverpool appears to be yet another culture clash writes KEIR RADNEDGE.
The Uruguayan was banished to train on his own today by manager Brendan Rodgers after speaking out to the media about his wish for a transfer and belief that the club have broken a promise and contravened a clause in his contract.
Suarez apparently believed that, as with contracts in Spain, any buying club can insist on a player being sold if they meet the buy-out clause. However Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the players’ union whose Suarez thought he had, has confirmed that this clause is not the same.
According to Taylor the wording commits Liverpool only to negotiations and not to a sale. Suarez appeared not to understand this just as he did not understand the cultural differences when he racially abused Manchester United’s Patrice Evra in October 2011.
Rodgers has accused Suarez of showing “total disrespect of the club” over both the interview and its contents.
Speaking after Wednesday night’s 4-1 friendly win over Valerenga in Oslo, Rodgers said: “There were no promises made – categorically none – and no promises broken. The club and his representatives had several conversations and he knew exactly where he was at.
“I will take strong, decisive action. There has been total disrespect of the club – this is a club that is historically one of the biggest in the world and has given him everything; absolutely everything.
“I don’t believe there is a clause in his contract that says he can leave for any sort of price.”
Ex-team-mate Jamie Carragher, speaking on Sky Sports, praised Suarez’s qualities but cautioned: “There are ways and means of going about things but you can’t always have what you want. Liverpool Football Club have to protect themselves as well. No-one wants unhappy players in the training ground but it’s very difficult for Liverpool.”