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Liverpool low and Suarez high will see Madrid come calling

| 07.05.2014

Liverpool’s title capitulation has brought dreaming Scousers crashing back to earth but they could fall further still with news that Luis Suarez is on Real Madrid’s radar.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has thrown in the towel as far as the title race is concerned and any thought of a renewed assault next term will prove fanciful if the Uruguayan is tempted away from Merseyside.

After seeing Suarez crowned Player of the Year, Liverpool can officially claim to have the Premier League’s outstanding performer but such personal honours have often seen players seek immediate success elsewhere.

Liverpool fans will hope that Suarez stands by them, as the club did him through his well-documented behavioural struggles, but history suggests the writing is on the wall.

The last three winners of the Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year award have all moved on, with Scott Parker leaving West ham for Tottenham, Robin van Persie ditching Arsenal for Man United and Gareth Bale swapping White Hart Lane for the Bernebeu.

It is the last of those moves that will be most tempting to Suarez after Bale has shone for Los Blancos in a season which could yet end with La Liga and Champions League honours for the Welshman.

A surprise league win could tempt Suarez to stay, in much the same way as that epic night in Istanbul ended talk of Stevie G moving to Chelsea, but with Liverpool now 8/1 to win the title it looks less than likely.

Madrid have a habit of making one marquee signing per summer and the Bale transfer showed they are not afraid to splash the cash to land their man.

Defeat at Chelsea and the shambolic draw with Crystal Palace have ended hopes of Liverpool bringing their 24-year wait for a league title to an end and if it ultimately leads to Suarez’s exit they will kick themselves forever more.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.