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Friday 24 November 2017

Rodgers' job could be on line if Suarez leaves Anfield – Cascarino

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

TONY CASCARINO believes that Brendan Rodgers' fate as Liverpool manager will be sealed if they lose Luis Suarez this summer.

The Uruguayan's future remains the burning topic at Anfield ahead of the new Premier League season, with strong indications that he is keen to move on. Cascarino feels that Rodgers will struggle to produce the results to keep his job if he loses the services of his star man.

"It's really tough," said Cascarino. "What do you do when you're trying to challenge for the top four and your best player might leave? I can't envisage for the life of me Liverpool making it close to the top four without him.

"The bottom line is that, if they lose Suarez, it's so damaging to them and what they're about for his goals and the way he creates. He's done a lot wrong sometimes, but you can't lose someone that's so important.

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"Ultimately, it would cost Brendan Rodgers his job because I can't see Liverpool being a force to challenge without Suarez."

The ex-Ireland striker can understand why Suarez (above) might wish to depart with no Champions League football to look forward to this season.

"Unfortunately, in life, people get their heads turned, they decide they want to move," he continued. "When you have a player that should be challenging to win titles, challenging in the Champions League and playing on a regular basis in the Champions League, and you don't achieve those goals, how can you keep them?

"You've got a real problem. Suarez is one of the top 10 or 20 players in the world so if he's not in Champions League football, then I can understand why he would want to get away. He should be playing in that arena.

"I'm a Liverpool fan, I want Liverpool to succeed, but unfortunately it might have to be two steps backwards to go forwards; that's where Liverpool are as a football club right now."

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