Trouble At Liverpool?
Hero: Luis Suarez Celebrates Another Goal, But How Long Will He Stay?
There is cause for speculation at Anfield today, with reports suggesting that key striker Luis Suarez is unhappy at the club, and his lack of first team football. The Uruguyan has seen his place in the squad claimed by new signings such as Kevin Volland, and has made only 9 league appearances this season, scoring 3 goals.
By contrast, fellow striker Kevin Volland has made 17 appearances, but scored only 2 goals, while Daniel Sturridge has a record of 5 in 8. Summer Signging Kevin De Bruyne has scored 4 goals in 13 appearances, as Hamann continues to rotate his strikeforce, presumably to keep his opponents guessing.
But Suarez is firmly of the opnion he should be the first name on the teamsheet: "I think my record in past seasons speaks for itself; since I arrived here, I have made 152 appearances in league games, and scored around 70 goals. Not getting to play this season is something I really struggle to see the sense in."
Despite his protestations, Suarez is lagging behind the likes of Sturridge and De Bruyne in the goalscoring stakes for the league, and young welshman Harry Wilson, and left back Domenico Criscito are level with him in terms of goals scored. With Wilson having provided 4 assists and 2 goals in his 4 league appearances this term, the argument is strong for him keeping Suarez out of the side, with Hamann only using a maximum of two attacking midfielders at any one time this season.
Manager Hamann is said to be disappointed that Suarez has spoken directly to the media, rather than voicing his concerns to his manager, but no official statement has been made on the player's future as yet.