Liverpool legend Phil Thompson has condemned Luis Suarez for the bite on Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini, saying the forward has brought fresh ‘shame’ on the club.
Thompson also believes selling the 27-year-old would now be considered the best option for the club, claiming this latest incident will cut deep with those at Liverpool who have supported him through his previous controversies. “I was devastated when I saw the pictures, I was thinking: ‘Please don’t let this be happening again’,” said Thompson.
“You start thinking of the support the guy has had – from Brendan Rodgers, from (owner) John Henry, from the fans; most of them have stuck by him through thick and thin and it is like a smack in the face to everybody.
“This is not the British media, the world’s media is talking about this. He is playing for my football club and he’s brought embarrassment, he’s brought shame on the football club again.
“He’s the Footballer of the Year, the Players’ Player of the Year, the Football Writers’ Player of the Year. We thought he’d sorted himself out but this is a massive shock.”
Suarez has been linked with a move to Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid this summer, just six months after signing a new long term deal at Anfield.
And Thompson reckons the latest controversy surrounding the forward – who fired 31 Premier League goals for the Reds last season – could convince Anfield officials to cash in.
“He wanted a move last summer but the club stood strong and assured him we could achieve success together,” Thompson added.
“He was a fantastic player for all the right reasons, which is why I feel he’s let us down. Will Barcelona and Real Madrid still want him with all this baggage? I think they’ll still covet him and I think that would be a good get-out for Liverpool.
“I think this (transfer specualation) was going on in the background anyway so it might make life easier for (managing director) Ian Ayre, Brendan Rodgers and John Henry.
“We accept as part of the game, as awful as it sounds, elbows, bad tackles, but spitting and biting is not right. No matter what comes of this, someone, wherever he plays his football, needs to get to the bottom of his actions.”