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Luis Suarez balls: Manchester City players gives former Liverprool star the news finger

ITV watchced last night Champions’ League match between Barcelona and Manchester City. It spotted Luis Suarez, the wonderfully talented striker once of Liverpool and now with the Spanish side. He scored both of Barcelona’s goals in a 2-1 win, and would have had a third has Lionel Messi not gotten in the way of a rebound from his saved penalty kick.

But ITV isn’t intersted in Suarez’s sublime skills. It asks a question:

“Did Luis Suarez have a little nibble on Martin Demichelis last night?”


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ITV then answers its own question:


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ITV places ‘nibbles’ in inverted commas, suggesting that he didn’t bite the City defender at all, or maybe munched him or ate him while and raw in one gulp.

It’s really is pathetic non-news journalism to look for sensation and crimes to sell a football a match that was blessed with skill, pace and excitement.

The story oozes bullshit from every word:

Watch the former Liverpool man, now playing for Barcelona, run alongside Demichelis on the edge of the area in the video above, where he appears to move his mouth in the direction of the Argentine’s hand.

The Urguguayan was handed a four month ban from football after biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during last summer’s World Cup, and has been also caught up in biting controversies during his time at Liverpool and Ajax.

Watch a zoomed in version of last night’s incident below.

No. There was no incident. Nothing happened. All we see is Suarez chase a ball and Demichelis attempt to block him by spreading his arms wide at shoulder height.

Suarez never did bite the finger and reduce Demichelis’ digits to nine in number. But Suarez does wear the number ‘9’ shirt. So. We cannot rule out the dawning of a the ‘nine’ cult in which Suarez’s opponents are left with a constant numerical reminder of his presence…



Posted: 25th, February 2015 | In: Manchester City, Sports | Comment

Transfer Balls: Messi & Luis Suarez Cheslea and Manchester City bound?

THE Premier League has a lot of money, so every time someone half-decent flutters their eyelashes at the transfer market, there’s a good chance that player will be wooed by an English team.

With that, the Premier League could well see two of the world’s most famous players – although, famous for different reasons. Barcelona are having some problems with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, who could both be dreaming of England and potentially starring in MOTD 2’s ‘2 Good 2 Bad’ section (which is all any player wants).

At the Nou Camp, Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has been under pressure as things aren’t running as smoothly as they have been. There’s a lot of chatter about a rift with Lionel Messi, who has been linked with a move to England for a while now. Reports say that Messi and Enrique fought through training last week, which the Barca coach refers to as “inaccurate and ill intentioned”.

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Posted: 8th, January 2015 | In: Sports | Comment

Liverpool Balls: Balotelli Is The ‘Great’ Who Changed Michael Owen’s Tune

MICHAEL Owen is talking about Liverpool FC striker Mario Balotelli.

Today Owen tells Daily Telegraph readers:

Brendan Rodgers will probably never admit it publicly, but he must already be considering alternatives as he looks for strikers more suited to his style of play… I felt when he joined he was not a ‘Liverpool type’ player, and have not changed my mind…

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Posted: 30th, October 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment

Liveprool And Manchester United Balls: Luis Suarez Maintains He’s No Racist

Manchester United's Patrice Evra, right, celebrates alongside Liverpool's Luis Suarez after Manchester United's 2-1 win over their Merseyside rivals following their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

Manchester United’s Patrice Evra, right, celebrates alongside Liverpool’s Luis Suarez after Manchester United’s 2-1 win over their Merseyside rivals following their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)


THERE’S been a lot of trouble around former Liverpool player Luis Suarez, the last being a rather peculiar bite on an opponent when Uruguay played Italy in the World Cup.

However, off all the things that Suarez has done, the racism row where he used the word “negrito” in a spat with Manchester United’s Patrice Evra is the one that looms largest. And Suarez is adamant that he is not a racist and that he was simply misunderstood by non-Spanish speakers. While admitting that a row took place, he says he is “absolutely not” a racist.

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Posted: 29th, October 2014 | In: Liverpool, manchester united, Sports | Comment

Liverpool Balls: British Media Continues To Monster Luis Suarez

THE Daily Mirror leads with new that Luis Suarez has “twisted the knife” into Liverpool FC.


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Is that really what Suarez did? Is he that hideous? Is he that heartless?

Luis Suarez claims Liverpool would not have made a title bid last season and booked a Champions League place without him.

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Posted: 15th, October 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment

Liverpool Balls: Luis Suarez Trains Daniel Sturridge By SMS

THE Premier League season is udnerways. And the Mirror and Express lead with a Liverpool player who no logner plays for the Reds. Both paper ask the same question: “Who Needs Luis Suarez?”


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The simple answer would be ‘the media does’.

But the Sun and star have a different answer. They say that Luis Suarez played a key role in Liverpool’s home win over Southampton, its feeeder club. It was thanks to Luis, now of Barcelona, that Daniel Sturridge scored the game’s winning goal. And he did it all with the power of a single text message.

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Brendan Rodgers saw the text and concludes, according to the Sun:

“His heart will always be with Liverpool.”

Sure it will, Brendan. And his teeth will always be with Ajax, his hand with Uruguay, his racial awareness with South Africa…?

What Rodgers actually said was, according to the Indy:

“Luis Suarez sent us a lovely text this morning wishing us all the best and telling us to start strong – it’s a lovely gesture. We’re bigger than any one player, I still think we need a striker so we’ll search through until the end of the window for that. He sent the text to me personally. What did it say? Don’t be so nosey! I texted him back – it’s a great love in I’ve got with him! He’s a great boy but he’s gone. It was a lovely touch. Liverpool will always be in his heart.”

According to the Mail:

“He [Suarez] sent me a lovely text this morning wishing us all the best and telling his old team-mates to start strongly. He’s a friend of Liverpool now. I sent one back. He’s a good boy but he’s gone. His heart is with Liverpool. He’ll always be Liverpool and it was a lovely touch.’

Accordign to the Telegraph:

“He sent us a lovely text wishing us all the best, which was a great gesture. He is a friend now of Liverpool. He is a good boy but he is gone. His heart will still always be with Liverpool. Our ambitions here at Liverpool have to be bigger than one player. We are bigger than any player.”

And on the Sun goes, telling readers that Suarez made the Reds what they are today.


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BRENDAN RODGERS insists Luis Suarez is helping Liverpool’s title bid again — despite leaving Anfield this summer. Shamed striker Suarez departed for Barcelona in a £75million move after his World Cup bite. But Rodgers reckons his winning mentality rubbed off on his old team-mates… Rodgers believes Liverpool have more strength now than last season’s Suarez-inspired squad…

Over on the BBC, the Luis Suarez love-in is a little diluted:

The Reds required a 79th-minute winner by Sturridge to overcome a determined Southampton side 2-1 at Anfield. Asked if Liverpool are a better team following the departure of Suarez, Sturridge said: “I think so, with the players we’ve brought in. No disrespect – he’s a great player and will be missed – but we move on.”

If only the tabloids would…

Posted: 18th, August 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comments (4)

Transfer Balls: Suarez Replaces Sanchez In Barcelona As Liverpool Seek New Camara

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TRANSFER Balls: A regular look at rumour, speculation and opinion backed by anonymous sources presented as ‘news’ in today’s mainstream media. The focus is on Luis Suarez:

Daily Mail: “Liverpool are holding out for £75million but Barcelona are hoping to make the payment in stages, with part based on performances.”

And shirt sales. As the Indy notes:

Luis Suarez is yet to complete his £63m move to Barcelona, but that hasn’t stopped one merchandiser in Spain pre-empting the Uruguayan’s arrival.

Can that £12m shortfall be made up by Suarez merchandise sales?

The Mirror looks at one shop in Spain:

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Posted: 8th, July 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment (1)

Transfer Balls: Liverpool Sell Suarez For £75.5m And Still Want Sanchez In Part-Exchange

TRANSFER Balls: a look at the media rpeorting on Alexis Sanchez, the Barcelaona player wanted by Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United (among others). Today the Sunday People (prop. Trinity Mirror) notes:


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Liverpool are refusing to give up the chase for Alexis Sanchez – with manager Brendan Rodgers on standby to meet the Barcelona striker. Rodgers believes he could at least persuade the 25-year-old to consider joining the Reds – if he got the chance to talk to him.

Believes. Could. Consider.

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Posted: 6th, July 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comments (3)

Transfer Balls: Liverpool Sell Luis Suarez For £63m But Barcelona Buy Him For £80m

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TRANSFER Balls: Is Luis Suarez off from Liverpool? Today’s news round-up now follows:

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Posted: 4th, July 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment

Transfer Balls: Luis Suarez Leaves Liverpool For £70m As Arsenal Get £32m-Rated Alexis Sanchez For £20m

TRANSFER Balls:  A look at Luis Suarez’s likely move form Liverpool to Barcelona, as told by the mainstream media. Do they know anything? Let’s find out:

The Sun:

LUIS SUAREZ’S transfer to Barcelona moved a giant step closer after positive opening talks with Liverpool. Barca yesterday accepted they must pay £70million for the bite-shame Uruguayan striker — allaying Kop fans’ fears he would be sold on the cheap.

So. Barcalona must pay £70m to get their man.

The Guardian says:

Luis Suárez is close to sealing his preferred move to Barcelona after the Catalan club held a “productive” first meeting with Liverpool and offered around £70m for the controversial forward…The fee falls short of Liverpool’s initial £80m valuation, and has not been accepted…

So. The Sun says Saurez can go for £70m and The Guaridan says he can’t.

What says the Mail?

Barca have offered massive a £72m for the Uruguayan

That might be over the asking price.

The other part of the Suarez to Barcelona story is that Alexis Sanchez will make the opposite journey, leaving the Spanish club to join Liverpool. Can the papers agree on facts about that?

The Sun:

Kop boss Brendan Rodgers has inquired about taking Barca’s £32m-rated Alexis Sanchez as part of the deal. But the Chile winger, 25, wants to stay or join Juventus or Arsenal.

The Mail lowers that fee:

Liverpool maintain an interest in Alexis Sanchez and he could yet be included as a makeweight with Liverpool having already valued him at around £30m.

And then teh Express declares:

ARSENAL are looking to beat Liverpool to Alexis Sanchez with a £20m bid…

Such are the facgts.

More Transfer Balls every day…

Posted: 3rd, July 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comments (4)

Ear We Go Again: The Tooth About Celebrity Ear-Bites From The Clash To Luis Suarez

EAR we go again: the tooth about celebrity ear-bites

Hot on the heels of the Suarez outrage comes news of another bizarre biting from Brazil.

Pictures have emerged of England fan Robert Farquharson having his ear bitten off by a ‘fellow’ England supporter in the Arena Corinthians stadium following the defeat to Uruguay.




Such attacks are not as uncommon as you might think, and there has been a series of such incidents in English towns over the past few years. The most recent, in Manchester, involving a man described as a ‘Suarez lookalike’, although the CCTV picture does not support this fanciful claim.

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Posted: 30th, June 2014 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment

Transfer Balls: Suarez Stays To Partner Sanchez As 8 More Bite Victims Come Forward

TRANSFER Balls – in association with the Daily Luis Suarez: as ever the aim for the Press is to spin to-deadline news from unnamed ‘sources’:

Last Friday June 27 the Liverpool Echo had news to gladden the heart of Liverpool FC fan




Should the Post be believed? After all on June 26, it reported:

Meanwhile, LFC’s pursuit of Alexis Sanchez is a “done deal” according to former captain Phil Thompson. Speaking to Irish radio, the Kirkby defender said the Barcelona star is already on his way to Anfield. “Just yesterday I heard things from people saying that the Sanchez deal was actually done.”

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Posted: 29th, June 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comments (2)

Luis Suarez Balls: Liverpool Striker Prompts Uruguay Fans To Eat Brazilian Baby (Photos)

HOW have Uruguay fans reacted to Luis Suarez’s biting and subsequent ban? Answer: with love. And humour.

(And England? Well, police have confirmed that an England fan had a portion of his ear bitten off by another England fan during Uruguay match in São Paulo.)



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Posted: 28th, June 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment

Liverpool Balls: Luis Suarez Rides A Shark’s Bicycle In Florida

DID you know you have more chance of being bitten by Luis Suarez than have of being bitten by a shark? Given that ther is only one of him and millions of sharks, that is some stat. But it’s true. You do.

Ian Steadman worked out that from 2005 to now, Suarez has appeared in 441 first XI matches for Uruguay’s national team and club side, including Liverpool. That manes around 6,160 players have taken on Luis and his teefs. Suarez has bitten three opponents. So. Footballers have a 1 in 2,000 chance of being munched by football’s greatest entertainer. The odds of a shark killing you whilst you’re swimming in the ocean is 1 in 3.7 million.

But Steadman has never seen Luis swim, nor a shark playing football, so the calculations need calibrating, And we can only wonder what the effects of Suarez mating with a shark would mean for mankind.

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Posted: 28th, June 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment

Luis Suarez ‘Don’t Bite Me’: Tom Rosenthal’s Songs For Football’s Biggest Entertainer



PIES has spotted this wonderful tribute tio Liverpool and Uruguay’s highly entertaining Luis Suarez.

Take it away, Tom Rosenthal.


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Posted: 26th, June 2014 | In: Liverpool, Music, Sports | Comment

Face Of The Day: Luis Suarez And The Making Of A Global Signature Move

FACE of the day: When Luis Suarez appeared to bite an Italian, his signature move went global. Cruyff has his turn, Maradona his hand. And Luis has his teeth.

“Do the bite, Luis!” the fans cry. “Do it!”

It’s worth the entrance fee alone.




A woman (name not known) puts her arm in front of an image of Uruguay’s Luis Suarez on an advertising board in Rio de Janeiro.

Posted: 26th, June 2014 | In: Sports | Comment

Liverpool Balls: Reds Erase Luis Suarez From Club Website

SO. How did Lvierpool FC report on the Luis Suarez biting incident at the 2014 World Cup? The club’s website has been repoting on Reds at the World Cup.

Fans can read articles on the Ivory Coast (“Late penalty drama sends Toure home”) and Spain  (“Reina makes World Cup debut”).

The story about Uruguay’s match with Italy begins:

“Suarez And Uruguay Complete Comeback’ reads the headline – Luis Suarez completed the 90 minutes as Uruguay booked their place in the last 16 of the World Cup with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over ten-man Italy.”


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Something was missing from the match report. And now the enetire report is missing:



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But fans can still enoy an earlier story:

Suarez’s gameplan to eliminate Italy

One mouthful at a time…

Read: He’s Not That Kind Of Player: How The Biased English Media Love To Hate Luis Suarez

Posted: 26th, June 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment

He’s Not That Kind Of Player: How The Biased English Media Love To Hate Luis Suarez



MUCH debate over the Luis Suarez biting incident. On seeing it, did you jump from your chair and yell “Ha! Brilliant”?

Did you shake your head and worry about the state of the planet, the kids and the ozone?

Were you tuned into ITV and heard Clive Tyldesley break the borefest of England plodding along against Costa Rica’s second XI to tell us about the bite: “It’s on ITV4. Bye bye, everyone”?

Do you just marvel at how grown men can tie themselves in knots over a bit of nibbling?

Alejandro Balbi, Suarez’s lawyer, is as entertaining as his client (well, nearly), alluding to the player’s teeth being the tools of an Anglo-Italian conspiracy:

“We don’t have any doubts that this has happened because it’s Suárez and secondly because Italy was eliminated. There’s a lot of pressure from England and Italy. We’re polishing off a defence argument.”

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Posted: 25th, June 2014 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comments (4)

Liverpool Balls: The Redemption Of ‘Evil’ Luis Suarez



IT looks very much as if Luis Surez bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini. As ever, Suarez is fantastically entertaining, giving us all a something to talk about and worth watching. Which ever club he plays for next season will be lucky to have him. He puts bums on seats and sells TV packages.

As Luis mulls over the future, we take time to revisit the words used to annoint Suarez when he was welcomed back into the (swallows sick) ‘football family’ after his respective bans for biting and calling Manchester United’s Patrice Evra a “negrito” over and over and over.

That word is “redemption”, defined as:

1. the action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil.
“God’s plans for the redemption of his world”
synonyms: saving, saving/freeing from sin, vindication, absolution – a thing that saves someone from error or evil – “his marginalization from the Hollywood jungle proved to be his redemption”

2. the action of regaining or gaining possession of something in exchange for payment, or clearing a debt.
“the peasants found the terms of redemption unattractive”

News was that being very good at football after his bans was a sign that Suarez was touched by God’s love. Never mind that Suarez was a very good footballer before he verbally abused Evra and bit a Serb, the media narrative was that as every Suarez goal hit the net, he was cleansed of past sins. He was good because he was morally on-message.

Football was not about fun and ecsapism. The media had bought into the Government’s balls that footballers were ‘role models’ whose every act was seized upon by a foaming working class. If Luis Suarez gets away with calling Evra a negrito, there’d be a race riot. His hilarious nibbling would lead to cannablism in the playground.

So. The story was of a chastened and fully reformed man. He was now saved. And so were we all.





But let’s not forget that the Liverpool fans never stopped loving him.

Last summer, Brandan Rodgers said Suarez was a player “very much valued at Liverpool”. He was “not for sale at any price”. His predecessor, Kenny Dalglish, told us after the Evra incidenct that “it’s time for all of us to draw a line under what happened…[and] move on”. Dalglish added that the banned Suarez “should never have been out in the first place”.

And on he went:

 “We have spoken to Suárez. I know he will shake the hand of Patrice Evra and the other Manchester United players before the game.”

Eyes rolled. The suggestions was that it was Suarez who had been wronged; it was he who could forgive.

Liverpool stood by their best player.

But the buzzword was redemption:

James Ducker, Times, September 25 2013:

Luis Suárez begins redemption

Henry Winter, Telegraph, December 16, 2013:

Liverpool’s controversial No7 Luis Suarez is a picture of humility as he wins the Football Supporters’ Federation Player of the Year award at the Emirates…

Fair play to Luis Suárez. Liverpool’s controversial centre-forward turned up at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night, a No 7 dressed to the nines, arriving early and staying late because he wanted totalk to fans from a variety of clubs who had just voted him the William Hill Football Supporters’ Federation Player of the Year. Suárez must have felt after all the criticism he has received that this was a night of acceptance, of redemption.

Liverpool Daily Post December 18, 2013:

Luis Suarez: Thick skin has helped striker’s Liverpool FC redemption

James Olley, Evening Standard, December 18, 2013:


Is anyone else a little uncomfortable with the speed of Luis Suarez’s apparent redemption? On Monday he was awarded the Football Supporters’ Federation Player of the Year barely 24 hours after captaining Liverpool in their trouncing of Spurs.

There can be no doubting that Suarez is the best player in the Premier League on current form and one of the world’s finest talents. His performance at White Hart Lane was yet another whirlwind of destruction, wreaking hurricane-level damage on vaunted opposition.

But that is not really the point…

Yes it is.

Tim Rich, Indy, March 14, 2014:

If he does complete the transformation from villain to footballer of the year, Luis Suarez’s journey to redemption actually began against Sunderland.

His captain, Steven Gerrard, admitted he had not expected to see him in a Liverpool shirt again in the wake of his 10-match ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic. And yet here he was on Wearside in September, having scored the first of his two goals and then pulling up the club’s black away strip to reveal a T-shirt welcoming his son Benjamin into the world.

Max Mutton, Bleacher Report, April 29:

Luis Suarez Has Redemption at Liverpool with Champions League Qualification

Globe And Mail (reuters), May 5:

Luis Suarez completes redemption with Footballer of the Year award

Redemption completed, then.

Those aren’t bite marks in Chiellini’s shoulder. That was a momento from Saint Luis’ Last Supper.

Posted: 25th, June 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment

This Photo Proves Uruguay And Liverpool Star Luis Suarez Bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini

LUIS Suarez is fantastically entertianing.

Like most of you, when we heard that the Liverpool and Uruguay striker had bit an Italian, we thought… fantastic. Suarez really is worth the admission price:


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Of course, this being Suarez the truth is battered negrito and blue. Was it teefs to shoulder or shoulder to teefs?

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Posted: 24th, June 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comments (2)

Transfer Balls: Cheated Out Of His Arsenal Move Liverpool Want Luis Suarez To Shun Barcelona

TRANSFER Balls – with the Daily Luis Suarez. Can the news media make exclusives and news from nothing?

ESPN: “Liverpool insist Suarez will stay put”

Sources have told ESPN that Liverpool are not resigned to losing the striker after he told manager Brendan Rodgers at the end of last season that he was committed to the club.

These sources are all unnamed.


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Posted: 24th, June 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment (1)

Transfer Balls: Luis Suarez Leaves Children Behind In Liverpool To Play For Barcelona



TRANSFER Balls catches up with Liverpool’s Luis Suarez. By now you’ll be wondering what he’s been up to this summer.

Well, he’s been linking up well with his club captain Stephen Gerrard in Brazil, latching onto a Stevie G. through ball to smash one past Manchester City’s Russ Abbot play-alike Joe Hart. Now read on…

Daily Telegraph, March 4, 2014:

Liverpool striker Luis Suárez vows to stay at Anfield no matter whether club qualifies for Champions League

Liverpool did qualify. So. Luis stays!

Sky Sports, May 5:

Speaking to Uruguayan TV channel Canal 10, the new PFA Player of the Year said: “Don’t worry, nothing is going to happen to me. I’m very happy here and my family is happy here.”

Liverpool Echo, May 15:

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Posted: 23rd, June 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comments (2)

RATS! Joey Barton 1 – Bloody Luis Suarez 0

BLOODY Luis Suarez. He’s no Joey Barton:


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Posted: 19th, June 2014 | In: Sports | Comment

Luis Suarez: Liverpool Fans Can Relax – He’s Not Been Injured By An Act of God

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LOTS of chatter about Luis Suarez not being fit to play for Uruguay in the summer’s World Cup. On Talk Sport, jobbing controversialist Andy Durham says it’s all karma for his handball in the 2010 tournament. But to attribute Suarez’s poorly knee to karma is ignorant.

If the celebrated, talented, decorated footballer’s injury is the product of karma, he must have behaved brilliantly when young to have got himself in a World Cup team. If good moral deeds in a past life shape your place in this one, the wonderfully talented Luis Suarez must have a golden soul.

Karma is nothing to be dipped in an out of, as Durham suggests. If it exits, it’s an ever-present force on living things, like gravity.

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Posted: 22nd, May 2014 | In: Key Posts, Liverpool, Sports | Comment

Transfer Balls: Arsenal Force Liverpool To Sell Suarez To Madrid



TRANSFER Balls, in association with the Daily Suarez: today the Express reports that Real Madrid have told to pay £40m if they want Karim Benzema. Real need the money to fund a bid for Suarez.

The reason behind the Spanish side’s reluctance to let Benzema depart on the cheap stems from their desire to sign either Liverpool’s Luis Suarez or Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.

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Posted: 21st, May 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comments (4)