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Indiscretions should have seen Reds ditch Suarez says former midfielder


Liverpool's Luis Suarez. Picture: REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Liverpool's Luis Suarez. Picture: REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Liverpool's Luis Suarez. Picture: REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

BRENDAN RODGERS has a big job on his hands to keep Luis Suarez happy but if Didi Hamann was in the Anfield hotseat, Liverpool's top striker would have been sold on.

"I wasn't too sure if they should keep him. Liverpool is a global brand and he damaged the brand on a number of occasions. There is no doubting his talent and it certainly helped that he started scoring goals for fun. He scored 20 goals in 14 or 15 games which hasn't been done before.

"At the same time, moving forward, you have to see what will happen. If you believe what's in the paper there is a clause in his contract so there is no guarantee he will be there.

"The other thing I see, because he played wider a few times, he scored 11 goals in eight games when Sturridge was out and since he's come back he's scored two in seven or eight playing on the left. How long is he going to do that?

"Yes, he is playing for the team and the team is winning but the centre forward has to score goals.

"But don't forget they played okay when he was out; I think they got 13 points from five games when he was suspended. Brendan has a job on his hands to keep them all happy. If he had to go I think Liverpool will be fine. They have the financial ammunition now to bring a few players in."

Like most former Liverpool men, he is hedging his bets on whether Rodgers' team has a chance of winning the Premier League title.

"They have a chance but I wouldn't have said it at the start of the season. Seven points off with a game in hand," he said.

"I always said if they finish top four they'll have had a terrific season but now it's more or less guaranteed.


"They play Chelsea and City at home so you have to give them a chance the way they score goals and dismantle teams. I still think the other two are more likely winners but with 10 or 11 games to go, you have to give them a chance."

For Hamann, the key to Liverpool's success is the job Rodgers has done so far.

"Huge. The manager gets the blame when things don't go well so they deserve the credit when they do go well. I think he has done a very good job.

"The first step is getting into the Champions League. This is where the club should play year in, year out but there'll be different demands as a lot of the players won't have played in the Champions League for four or five years."