Former Reds' defender claims club owner John W Henry would look 'stupid' should Suarez leave Anfield
|Jamie Carragher and Luis Suarez are pictured together |
on the final day of the 2012/13 Premier League season
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes club owner John W Henry would look “stupid” if the Reds sold wantaway striker Luis Suarez.
Henry has told Arsenal to give up in their pursuit of the Uruguay international, who was the subject of a bid from the Gunners of £40million plus £1 - an amount the player claimed would trigger a buy-out clause if it came from a club in the Champions League.
Suarez has been ordered to train with the reserves until he has a change of attitude, with boss Brendan Rodgers demanding the former Ajax man apologise to his team-mates before being re-integrated to the first-team picture.
And Carragher, who retired in the summer but trained with the team last week in preparation for Steven Gerrard's testimonial, reckons, with the club having made themselves clear, that Suarez will now remain on Merseyside.
Quoted in the Daily Telegraph, the former England international said: "I expect him to stay at Liverpool now.
"I think if you come out as owner and say that, and then something happens, you make yourself look stupid. I'm glad he has done it and I think everyone in football should be glad he has done it. It is maybe a message for players.
"I trained with him once this summer and you are talking about probably one of the best trainers I have ever seen. I've only seen him once. God knows what he has been like all pre-season, but he hasn't been his normal self."
Despite Suarez's actions, Carragher expects Liverpool's first-team squad would accept having him back in the fold.
"He's the best player," the 35-year-old said. "It probably all affects supporters more, who absolutely love the club. Players come and go at different times; we are all probably selfish, we think about our own situation.
"I think a lot of them will be probably focused on getting themselves ready for the start of the league. I'm sure they will want Luis to stay because it gives them more chance of being successful."