When Luis Suárez tearfully waved goodbye to Atlético at the end of last season, many thought it was a fitting goodbye to one of the most talented forwards of the modern generation. Suárez was the type of player that would get fans off their seats but with his physical attributes deteriorating, it made sense that he would say goodbye to the European game, re-joining hometown team Nacional in his native Uruguay.
Despite regularly finding the net in his second stint at the Estadio Gran Parque Central, it seems as though Suárez’s homecoming will be short-lived, with the 35-year-old set to leave the club after the World Cup. It’s opened the door for a potential return to Europe, with the striker plying his trade for Ajax, Liverpool and Barcelona throughout a glistening career. The question still remains though, where will he end up? Read on, as we look at three options available for Suárez come the end of the year and which club would suit him best.
Throughout his playing career, one of Suárez’s favourite teammates was Steven Gerrard. The former Liverpool captain had a big influence on his career, and now retired and manager of Aston Villa, having an elite number nine like Suárez could help turn around their disappointing run of form this season. It’s not ideal for Villa, with football betting at SkyBet.com tipping them for a tough season.
Combined with Phillipe Coutinho, another former Red under Gerrard’s guidance in the West Midlands, Suárez would settle in immediately and provide a massive goal threat, albeit at the expense of either Ollie Watkins or Danny Ings, one of which would have to settle for a place on the bench.
Igor Tudor’s Marseille have been one of the surprise packages in French football this season. It was always going to be hard to challenge the exorbitant wealth of Paris Saint-Germain, but at the time of writing, Les Phocéens remain unbeaten domestically.
Still in with a chance of reaching the Champions League round of 16, Marseille were unfortunate against Tottenham Hotspur and had they had a striker of Suárez’s calibre to partner Alexis Sánchez, they could have easily taken all three points. Linked with the Uruguayan initially before his move to Nacional, Tudor is a big fan of South American players and a strike partnership of Sánchez and Suárez could still operate in devastating fashion.
In the opinion of many Liverpool fans, Suárez is the most naturally gifted footballer to have played for the club. He spent three and a half years at Anfield before joining Barcelona, and was loved by the fans until their relationship took a slight bump in the road when the Uruguayan celebrated his opener in the Champions League semi-final against the reds. Regardless, a reunion would work on a short-term basis, even just to bring the best out of Darwin Núñez.
A teammate for the Uruguay national team, Núñez has had a difficult start to life in Merseyside and learning from one of the best in the business could help him improve. Given Liverpool’s injury record, they could benefit from the additional numbers after Divock Origi and Sadio Mané left the club, and given his clever movement and ability to get in the box, the service that Liverpool would provide him would more than compensate for Suárez’s lack of pace.