Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has urged Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Brendan Rodgers to quickly quash uncertainty over the striker’s future.
The 27-year-old was the subject of a high-profile transfer bid from Arsenal ahead of the 2013/14 season, with the Anfield club rejecting an offer of £40,000,001 from the London club.
And having gone on to claim the Premier League golden boot with an impressive tally of 31 goals, as well as the PFA and FWA Player of the Season awards, it is almost inevitable that the Uruguay international’s future will be the subject of much transfer speculation in the off-season.
However, this off-season will provide Liverpool and manager Rodgers with a different challenge as Suarez will soon depart for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
“I think he’s got a huge role to play in the next couple of months,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“He’s been the best player in the league this season, an incredible performer and he shows he cares because of the way in which he reacted in the last couple of weeks.
“I think he’s got to come out and make a big statement. The rumours started the other day about Real Madrid and Barcelona and he’s got to squash those straight away and that will give Brendan Rodgers the foundations to be able to mount a recruitment plan this summer.
“If there’s nonsense hanging over him all summer it won’t do Liverpool any favours. He’s got to come out pretty quickly and put that to bed.”
Neville also feels that Rodgers should move to ward of the impending transfer rumours before they gather momentum.
He added: “Brendan Rodgers has to box him off now.
“He can’t allow him to go into a World Cup with uncertainty dragging on and uncertainty up in the air.
“I don’t know what the clause relates to that we’ve seen in the last couple of days. I thought in January when he signed his contract that the clause related to not getting into the Champions League.
“If he hasn’t got a clause that allows him to leave, I would just say ‘you’re not going’ because at the end of the day Liverpool Football Club can’t afford to lose him this summer or else they will struggle badly to replace him.
“I know Liverpool will survive and go on, but in terms of building on what they’ve achieved this year, Brendan Rodgers needs to get that dealt with quickly.”
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