Friday 23 March 2018

Cash-rich PSG make move for unsettled Uruguayan as Anfield turmoil continues

Ian Herbert

Kenny Dalglish was confronted yesterday with the first evidence that other clubs will seek to capitalise on Luis Suarez's uncertain future, as Paris Saint-Germain indicated they may seek to sign the striker this summer.

Dalglish had not discussed the Uruguayan since last Saturday's refusal to shake Patrice Evra's hand heaped embarrassment on the club in the wake of the racism case which led to Suarez's eight-match ban, and the manager declared: "We have drawn a line under what happened and we just want Luis to concentrate on his football now."

Qatari-backed PSG are seeking marquee signings, and are top of France's Ligue 1.

Dalglish, who faces a far tougher task delivering the Champions League football Suarez (right) will covet, must also seek to repair Liverpool's relationship with the player.

Suarez's conduct on Saturday has been a source of profound anger in the Anfield boardroom, but Liverpool are also aware they risk losing him if he feels alienated.

Though Suarez has always declared Spain to be a nation in which he would like to play football, the appeal of PSG will have been enhanced by the comments yesterday of his Uruguayan national captain, Diego Lugano, who plays for the French club.

Lugano said: "You have to have balls to do what Luis did on Saturday. He followed his principles. We live in a democracy, and if you do not want to greet someone, you do not do it and less so if that person has made you experience some bad moments.

"He has gone through a few months he did not deserve. Take into account that England is historically a colonial country and racism is a sensitive subject, but we all know it has nothing to do with what happened between Luis and the Manchester United player.

"It's a football argument, and many false moralists and hypocrites have profited, and Luis is the only innocent party in this situation."

Meanwhile, Mark Lawrenson, Dalglish's former team-mate, has reiterated his belief that Suarez will leave this summer, though he said that Dalglish would not depart, despite the humiliating apology he had to make on Sunday for conduct "not befitting" a Liverpool manager. (© Independent News Service)

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