Transfer news: Luis Suarez reasons for Arsenal switch is "laughable" claims former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher

Anfield legend has condemned his former team-mate and says that the Uruguayan should be showing more loyalty to the club that stood by him for years

Jamie Carragher has labelled his former team-mate Luis Suarez as “laughable” after his complaint over Liverpool’s reluctance to let him move to Premier League rivals Arsenal.

The central defender-turned TV pundit retired this summer after a 17-year career with the Reds, and he has now had his say on the Suarez saga.

The Uruguayan claims that the club agreed to let him leave this year should they fail to reach the Champions League, but the club insist that is not true and there is no such clause to back that up – supported by the Professional Footballers’ Association chairman Gordon Taylor.

And Carragher has backed his former club in suggesting that Suarez should be showing greater loyalty to the club, although he did admit that the striker is “too good” for both Liverpool and Arsenal, and would be better suited to a Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich.

Writing in his Daily Mail column, Carragher said: "It didn't surprise me that Brendan Rodgers has made him train on his own. I never thought Luis would down tools in the way Fernando Torres did when he wanted to leave Liverpool - his attitude over the final 18 months became progressively worse - but now Suarez has given me reason to think again.

"To see it come to this is very dispiriting. A lot of good people have stood by Luis since he joined the club. Rodgers and Kenny Dalglish could not have done more for him. In the darkest times, we wore T-shirts to show we were standing alongside him, even if it was ill-advised.

"So it is laughable to hear he is unhappy with Liverpool for not letting him join Arsenal."

Suarez was banned in 2011 by the Football Association for racially abusing Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra, and he was handed a further 10-game ban at the end of last season for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, for which he still has six games to serve.

Liverpool stood by the 26-year-old though, but Carragher has admitted that he has seen a change in his attitude towards life at Anfield.

"I took part in a training session at Melwood before Steven Gerrard's testimonial last Saturday and I was alarmed by the Luis Suarez with whom I was sharing a pitch,” revealed Carragher, who made 737 appearances for the Merseyside club.

"From his first day at Liverpool, I had been used to seeing a warrior who loved his football and charged around with great enthusiasm.

"On this occasion, however, his attitude was completely different. He didn't want the ball and had no interest in getting involved. He stood on the periphery, with shoulders slumped."

This contradicts what Rodgers said at the end of last month, when he claimed that Suarez was happy at Liverpool and is “training well”. Since then though, Suarez broke his silence with his outburst earlier this week, leading Rodgers to drop him to the reserves until he can show that he has respect for both the club and his team-mates.

Suarez has been made to train with the reserves after Brendan Rodgers claimed he showed a Suarez has been made to train with the reserves after Brendan Rodgers claimed he showed a "total disrespect" to the club  

 

Another former Liverpool stalwart to condemn Suarez was the recently retired Michael Owen, but he also understands his desire to leave for a bigger club and further his career – although he says Arsenal is not that club.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Owen said: "People have this stereotypical view of a footballer that he's just greedy, no loyalty, but you can bet your bottom dollar that if Suarez wasn't as good was he was then Liverpool wouldn't have stood by him [during his misdemeanours]. Of course, you have to bear in mind the things people have done for you along the way, and have some gratitude, but you have one shot.

"Luis has not come through the ranks. He doesn't have a huge affinity with Liverpool but the fans have a huge affinity with him and expect that to be reciprocated. But he wants to go and be at the best club he can.

"This is where I can't quite understand it. If it's Arsenal the only option for him, I can't really understand why he would want to leave given the way the Liverpool fans feel about him and the team is virtually built about him. If Real Madrid came in for him, I could certainly understand that."

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... for the fourth time

Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... again

I was once told that intelligence services declare their enemies dead to provoke them into popping up their heads and revealing their location, says Robert Fisk
Margaret Attwood on climate change: 'Time is running out for our fragile, Goldilocks planet'

Margaret Attwood on climate change

The author looks back on what she wrote about oil in 2009, and reflects on how the conversation has changed in a mere six years
New Dr Seuss manuscript discovered: What Pet Should I Get? goes on sale this week

New Dr Seuss manuscript discovered

What Pet Should I Get? goes on sale this week
Oculus Rift and the lonely cartoon hedgehog who could become the first ever virtual reality movie star

The cartoon hedgehog leading the way into a whole new reality

Virtual reality is the 'next chapter' of entertainment. Tim Walker gives it a try
Ants have unique ability to switch between individual and collective action, says study

Secrets of ants' teamwork revealed

The insects have an almost unique ability to switch between individual and collective action
Donovan interview: The singer is releasing a greatest hits album to mark his 50th year in folk

Donovan marks his 50th year in folk

The singer tells Nick Duerden about receiving death threats, why the world is 'mentally ill', and how he can write a song about anything, from ecology to crumpets
Let's Race simulator: Ultra-realistic technology recreates thrill of the Formula One circuit

Simulator recreates thrill of F1 circuit

Rory Buckeridge gets behind the wheel and explains how it works
Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation' over plans to overhaul reverse-chronological timeline

Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation'

Facebook exasperates its users by deciding which posts they can and can’t see. So why has Twitter announced plans to do the same?
Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag - but what else could the fashion house call it?

Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag

The star was shocked by a Peta investigation into the exotic skins trade
10 best waterproof mascaras

Whatever the weather: 10 best waterproof mascaras

We found lash-enhancing beauties that won’t budge no matter what you throw at them
Diego Costa biography: Chelsea striker's route to the top - from those who shared his journey

Diego Costa: I go to war. You come with me...

Chelsea's rampaging striker had to fight his way from a poor city in Brazil to life at the top of the Premier League. A new book speaks to those who shared his journey
Ashes 2015: England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

The biggest problem facing them in Birmingham was the recovery of the zeitgeist that drained so quickly under the weight of Australian runs at Lord's, says Kevin Garside
Women's Open 2015: Charley Hull - 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

Charley Hull: 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

British teen keeps her feet on ground ahead of Women's Open
Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkish President Erdogan could benefit politically from the targeting of the PKK, says Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Our choice is years of Tory rule under Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Yvette Cooper urged Labour members to 'get serious' about the next general election rather than become 'a protest movement'