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Suarez scores as Uruguay win away in Japan

Liverpool’s want away striker Luis Suarez was on the mark for his country today in their impressive 4-2 friendly win over Japan in front of a crowd in excess of forty five thousand at the Miyagi Stadium in Rifu. Suarez set up his Uruguay team mate, Diego Forlan, currently of Internacional in Brazil, to open the scoring in the twenty seventh minute and Forlan grabbed his second of the game only two minutes later to double the advantage before the Japanese defence could recover from the shock of falling behind. Suarez himself scored the third in the fifty second minute as things went from bad to worse for Japan, but the goal spurred them into life and they reduced the deficit through Manchester United’s Shinji Kagawa two minutes later when he was set up by playmaker Keisuke Honda of CSKA Moscow. However, the fight-back was short lived as, to the disappointment of the home fans, Lazio’s Alvaro Gonzalez made it 4-1 to the visitors in the fifty eighth minute to round off a frantic six minutes of action. Honda got his own name on the scoresheet with twenty minutes to go to give the Japanese renewed hope of a come-back, but it wasn’t to be and the Uruguayans held on for the win with Suarez having played the full ninety minutes to maintain his match fitness whilst he remain estranged from the Liverpool first team squad.

Liverpool bid for Costa amid conflicting advice for Suarez

Liverpool have made a £21 million bid for Atletico Madrid’s Brazilian striker Diego Costa, which will trigger a release clause in the player’s contract with the Spanish club allowing him to discuss terms with the reds. Costa, 24, has two caps for the Brazil national team, having made his debut as a substitute against Italy in March this year. He grew up playing street football in Brazil before moving to Europe at the age of seventeen where he joined Sporting Clube de Braga in Portugal and was swiftly sent out on loan to gain experience at second division Penafiel. He impressed there and was snapped up by Atletico Madrid, who immediately loaned him back to Braga and then to Celta Vigo and Albacete in subsequent seasons, where he started to build a reputation in Spain‘s second level. His career continued in an upward trajectory when he was sold to Valladolid at the start of the 2009-10 season and enjoyed first team football in the Primera Division, doing enough to convince Atletico to exercise their buy-back option on him at the end of the season. Since then he has gone on to play eighty three times for Atletico in all competitions, scoring twenty eight goals, either side of a loan spell at Rayo Vallecano, for whom he scored nine goals in sixteen appearances. The highlight of his club career to date was scoring in Atletico Madrid’s historic Copa del Rey final win over rivals Real Madrid at the end of last season.

It is thought that Liverpool are interested in signing Costa to bolster their attacking options, rather than to replace Luis Suarez, who is contemplating a move away from the club. A couple of high profile signings like Costa might convince Suarez of the club’s ambition and convince him to pledge his immediate future to Liverpool, and signing more top strikers will relieve Suarez from some of the burden of pressure to provide goals that fell so heavily on his shoulders last season. Meanwhile, Suarez has been receiving conflicting advice from all quarters about whether or not to stay with the club. Yesterday, former Liverpool Chief Executive Rick Parry was reported as saying that he should be allowed to leave as it’s counter productive to keep a player who wants to leave at a club, but today former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has said that he thinks Suarez should stay at Anfield. Arsenal are the only club to have made an offer for Suarez, but Wright told the BBC “if I was Suarez, when you look at everything, it does seem strange he would want to go to Arsenal. I would give Liverpool another season … if you look at Arsenal, not won anything in eight years, just challenging for fourth place, not really any players there who will make him say ‘I’m going to play with him and him’.

Steven Gerrard speaks about the Suarez situation

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has been speaking about the ongoing situation surrounding Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez’s future at the Anfield club. Gerrard, speaking to the Liverpool Echo ahead of his testimonial match against Olympiakos this weekend, spoke of how he’s been trying to persuade Suarez that his future lies at Liverpool, and explained that the Uruguayan’s decision is key to Liverpool’s chances this season.

Gerrard described Suarez as “the third best player in the world” and went on to say “you’ve got Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo who are on a different planet then you’ve got Suarez and Gareth Bale.” He expressed his concerns that if a player of that quality should leave the club and go to one of their direct rivals in the English Premier League then it would complicate things for Liverpool, saying “if he goes to Arsenal, it obviously makes our season that bit more difficult, it strengthens them an awful lot and they are our rivals for a top four position. From the club’s point of view it doesn’t make sense at all, no matter how much money is put on the table. Luis wants Champions League but so do I. If he was to stay around for twelve months and we achieved a top four finish, there is no better place in the world to play Champions League football than in front of an Anfield crowd.”

If Suarez is to eventually leave then Gerrard would like to see him go to one of the big two in Spain and would understand if that’s where he sees his future as with the majority of world class Spanish speaking players. However, he hopes to convince his team mate that it’s worth staying with Liverpool for at least another season to spearhead their Champions League qualification efforts and get back into Europe’s top club competition with his current employers. He feels that the squad isn’t far off the level needed to get back into the top four and said “if we get the couple of marquee signings we need and keep Luis that will give me confidence that we can compete. Keeping Luis could be our best signing of the summer”, so he remains hopeful of further top class arrivals at Anfield before the transfer window closes and thinks that those additions to the squad could help swing Suarez’s decision towards staying put. Suarez is expected to feature in the team for Gerrard’s testimonial.

Suarez joins up with Liverpool down under

Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez has joined up with his Liverpool team mates on their pre-season tour in Australia ahead of their friendly match against Melbourne Victory on Wednesday. The want-away striker is expected to feature in the match at the MCG, which will take place in front of a sold-out 95,000 crowd. Suarez missed Liverpool’s 2-0 win over an Indonesia XI in Jakarta at the weekend as he was given leave following Uruguay’s summer Confederations Cup campaign, but he’s now ready to join in with the club’s preparations for the upcoming season.

Suarez has made it public that he wants to move away to a Champions League club and he will be discussing his future with manager Brendan Rodgers this week. There have been plenty of rumours of interest in the striker from clubs such as Real Madrid in Spain and Arsenal and Chelsea in London, but it would take a huge offer to prise the player away from Anfield. Arsenal reportedly offered around £30 million for his earlier this month, but Liverpool will hold out until they receive an offer that matches their valuation upwards of £40 million. New Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has yet to declare any concrete interest in the player, but he has said that Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain will be staying at the Bernabeu, thus ending Arsenal’s chase for his services and perhaps prompting the London club to ramp up their interest in Suarez. However, it’s thought that Suarez would prefer a move abroad if he is to leave Liverpool as he’s unhappy with his treatment from the British press. Ancelotti has already splashed out €30 million on Isco this summer, so the Spanish giants might be reluctant to stump up an even higher fee for another attacking player when they already have Ronaldo, Higuain and Benzema on the books.

The list of clubs that could potentially afford Luis Suarez is probably completed by Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco, but those three are already well advanced in their summer recruitment with all three having spent significantly on their front lines. City completed the purchase of Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic last week, PSG have already spent €64 million on Suarez’s international team mate Edinson Cavani and Monaco spent a similar amount on Radamel Falcao. If Suarez and his agent find that their options are too limited then Brendan Rodgers stands a good chance of being able to persuade the Uruguayan to stay on for another season and pay back some of the club’s support in standing by him throughout his turbulent past couple of years.

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