It now seems inevitable that Luis Suarez’s exit from the English game will be conducted with the same lack of integrity that has become his trademark.

In December 2011, football watched in shock as the management of Liverpool put the club’s reputation on the line in a woefully misguided attempt to defend the indefensible. That night, before their game against Wigan, the players and staff of a great footballing institution marginalised the severity of racism in the wake of Suarez’s verbal attack on Manchester United’s Patrice Evra.

Nobody without red blinkers could understand the club’s decision, but their support of the striker has never wavered.

Suarez the footballer is a genius. But history won’t judge him that way; history will remember him for racism, biting, cheating and now disloyalty.

Liverpool have played the long-suffering wife but he has committed the ultimate act of betrayal with his adulterous flirting with Real Madrid.

Yet the only thing surprising is that anyone should be surprised.

Suarez has routinely proved himself a man of few scruples, so it is hardly a shock to see him spurn a club that has offered him nothing but unqualified backing. His time in the Premier League is surely coming to an end, and many will be glad to see him go.

A more sympathetic view might be that he does indeed endure a bad press in England and with Real Madrid a likely escape route, you can’t blame him for his head being turned. But if Madrid truly intend to sign him, they will firm up their interest with hard cash.

Suarez plainly needn’t rub Liverpool’s noses in it by so publicly touting himself. And if he feels the English media are intrusive and agenda-driven, he should wait and see how the relentless Spanish press react to the sordid misdemeanours which will inevitably go with him to La Liga.

Yet whether Suarez actually cares what people write or say about him is extremely doubtful. He said in a rare interview days before chewing on the arm of Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic that he doesn’t read nor pay any attention to newspapers. And his behaviour is hardly that of a delicate soul, riddled with anxiety over his wider perception.

Suarez’s actions are those of a man who, frankly, doesn’t care what people think of him. That attitude will serve him well when he returns to Merseyside where his sedition has been keenly felt following his marketing mission in his homeland.

Liverpool have already issued the expected ‘not for sale’ warning, but they would do well to ensure it is purely a negotiating ploy.

A happy Suarez is a liability, let alone an unhappy one, and it is time the club rid themselves of this problem with the blow softened by a considerable transfer fee.


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