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Kronke Reveals Reason Why Liverpool Refused To Sell Suarez
Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kronke has done a rare interview this week and gave his thoughts on our pursuit of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez this summer.
The Uruguayan hitman went public with his desire to leave Anfield in search of Champions League football back in July but Liverpool stood firm and rejected two offers from us – including a £40,000,001 bid that was designed to test the strikers so-called buy-out clause.
As it turned out, we had been misinformed by Suarez’s agent about the release clause and the Merseysiders dug their heels in and refused to sell.
Kronke, who rarely does interviews with the British press, has claimed in an interview with the Telegraph today that he got the feeling Liverpool were determined not to sell Suarez at any price as they feared the club would “have nothing left” if the 26-year-old was sold.
“Look, Arsene Wenger had a view, our team had a view, they had a view and their view was ‘he wasn’t going anywhere’,” Kroenke told the Daily Telegraph.
“I never saw them waver from it. I guess at some level there is a number that gets anybody out of anywhere but there was nothing within the realm of what we knew about that could have got him out of there.
“There were people saying if he left there was nothing left. If people believe that, if those players believed that and John thought they believed that, then that is a real problem.”
There is always fear attached when selling a star player. We Arsenal fans should know that better than anyone. Critics had us down to finish mid-table when Fabregas left and it was a similar situation when Van Persie was sold, so we can certainly see where Liverpool are coming from to a certain extent.
But if the clubs hierarchy really believed they would have “nothing left” if they sold Suarez – as Kronke states – that’s a real problem for them. Every club is bigger than a player and Liverpool should have been confident enough in the size of their club that they would be able to survive without the controversial striker.
They coped extremely well during his recent 10-match ban and would have had a sizable kitty to re-invest in the squad, had they cashed in. They could have arguably come out of it all stronger. Just look at Spurs.
Anyway, it’s in the past now and I personally don’t see Suarez being at Liverpool next season anyway. So they were simply delaying the inevitable by keeping him against his will.