Tuesday 20 March 2018

Suarez flirts with Paris

Anfield favourite keen to team up with compatriot Lugano at Ligue 1 leaders

LIVERPOOL striker Luis Suarez is reportedly keen to link up with fellow Uruguayan Diego Lugano at French league leaders Paris St Germain.

Suarez, who has scored six goals in 21 Premier League appearances for the Reds this season, is reported by French sports website 10 Sport as telling the Canal Football Club programme on French TV station Canal Plus that he "could come" to PSG.

Suarez is reported to have said: "I would love to play at the same club as him (Lugano).

"Yes, I could come to Paris, like lots of other clubs. There are lots of big clubs with such a reputation who want to build a strong team, and Paris are one of these teams who buy to strengthen their side."

Suarez, 25, joined Liverpool in January last year from Ajax and his incisive attacking play has made him a hit at Anfield.


During the current campaign, though, he was banned for eight matches for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra during a league game in October, and caused further controversy when he refused to shake the Frenchman's hand when the sides met again last month.

Suarez subsequently apologised for the refusal to shake Evra's hand.

The reports come at a bad time for Liverpool, as a bizarre goal from Nicklas Bendtner on Saturday condemned them to their third successive Premier League defeat and a second straight loss following their Carling Cup final triumph over Cardiff City at Wembley.

Liverpool remain five points behind sixth-placed Newcastle after a lacklustre display on Wearside, although they will feel a little hard done by at the manner in which Sunderland scored their winner.


Fraizer Campbell did well to get his shot away but, when the ball came back off the post, it hit goalkeeper Pepe Reina's back and the post again before falling kindly to Bendtner. The Dane made no mistake, although questions must be asked as to why no Liverpool defender had followed him into the area.

Sunderland were marginally the better side for the first half an hour.

A glancing header from John O'Shea was the closest they came to scoring, although Martin Skrtel got a vital touch on a Bendtner cross to prevent the ball finding Campbell. Bendtner also had a half chance but failed to make contact with Seb Larsson's inviting cross.

Liverpool struggled to get going, but did improve as half-time neared, Simon Mignolet saving a header from Dirk Kuyt after half an hour.

Mignolet also tipped over from Charlie Adam's free-kick and, from the resulting corner, Phil Bardsley cleared another Kuyt header off the line.

Liverpool's best first-half moment came in stoppage time when Suarez's darting run took him past two defenders only for Mignolet to come off his line and block the shot from a tight angle.

That should have been the platform for Liverpool to come out and attack the game after a half-time recharge, yet it was once again Sunderland who started the brighter and the frustration in Liverpool's ranks visibly grew.

You do not want to be chasing the game against a side as well organised as Sunderland, but that is precisely what the visitors had to do once Bendtner had put the Black Cats in front 11 minutes into the second-half.

Liverpool dominated possession as their hosts sat deep. Dalglish put on Andy Carroll and Steven Gerrard with 20 minutes left, but still his side struggled to make an impression in the final third.

Gerrard shot straight at Mignolet from 25 yards, David Vaughan did well to block another while Kuyt just failed to get on the end of a cross from the skipper in the final minute.

Sunderland are now just two points behind their big-spending rivals.

"I don't think the performances that we have had, especially at home, have merited the number of points we have got," Reds manager Kenny Dalglish said afterwards.

"But we just need to keep going and do what we do well, keep our mouths shut, not feel sorry for ourselves and try to get as many points on the board as we can."

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