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Barnes: Luis thinks he's superior to everyone else at club


Liverpool legend John Barnes. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Liverpool legend John Barnes. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Liverpool legend John Barnes. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

FORMER Liverpool winger John Barnes believes Luis Suarez thinks he is superior to his teammates when he should be accepting a share of the responsibility for the club's failure to qualify for the Champions League.

Barnes said a common problem with modern-day footballers was that they often had an inflated opinion of themselves born out of fans' adoration.

"Why are you so surprised? This situation has been going on for years," said Barnes.

"This is the future of modern football we have created.

"The media and especially the fans have empowered players too much to make them feel that a) they are better than their teammates and b) they're better than their clubs.

"We've seen it at Arsenal where so many players have left because Arsenal cannot match their ambitions, and the fans are the ones who have created this superstar culture whereby you've separated the team and the superstars to feel more important than the club.

"What has empowered him (Suarez) and the likes of (Fernando) Torres is they feel the team is losing not because of them but because of their teammates.

"Suarez is saying he needs to go because they've not qualified for the Champions League, but he was part of the team that failed to do that.

"He has to take responsibility for that.

"He's saying, 'I've done my job, I'm good enough, but the players I'm playing with aren't'.

"Our superstar players feel they are untouchable.

"We've gone too far and there's no way back."

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has also hit out at the behaviour of Suarez, saying he believes it is time his former teammate started to realise how badly his behaviour in angling for a transfer reflects on him and the club.

"There's ways and means of going about it," said Carragher. "Players get transferred all the time and you can't always have what you want.

"He can't carry on the way he's been carrying on. Brendan Rodgers has come out and said that nobody is bigger than the club and that's exactly right."

Carragher said the club were right to stand firm on the issue, especially if it meant keeping last season's 30-goal leading scorer out of the clutches of one of their main rivals.

"Liverpool Football Club have got to protect themselves as well," the recently-retired centre-back added.

"Arsenal are a big rival for a top-four place and maybe if he wanted to go somewhere else it wouldn't be such a big issue and maybe Liverpool would sanction a deal.

"Nobody wants unhappy players at the training ground or on the pitch playing. It affects other people.

"But it's very difficult for Liverpool, like the Wayne Rooney situation with Manchester United and Chelsea.

"They're direct rivals and that's the big deal. That's the problem."