Luis Suarez is nearing the end of what will inarguably be his best season as a Liverpool player, and so talk of two things perhaps has now become inevitable. Player of the year talk, for one thing, is bound to crop up even if there are many in England who would prefer to see such an award go to anyone but him.
The other, less palatably for Liverpool fans, is discussion of the idea that it might be getting close to the point where Suarez will feel the need to seek out a new home that might match the ambitions of one of the best players in the world given the side he's currently at are on pace to finish mid-table yet again and unlikely to make it back into Europe at all.
"It has been such an amazing season for him," was teammate Lucas' take on the first of the two inevitable topics when discussion turned to Luis Suarez. "He has been scoring a lot of goals and showing everyone all the qualities he has. I just hope he wins because I think he deserves it after everything he has done this season.
"I think it’s going to be between Luis, Van Persie and Bale. All three have performed really well and have scored a lot of goals."
In the league, Suarez stands a goal back of van Persie's 19. Bale, the current third-place goalscorer, has 15 markers. However, when one considers all competitions, Suarez's 25 goals outpaces both van Persie and Bale, who have 23 and 19 respectively.
The reality, of course, is that Suarez almost certainly couldn't beat either of van Persie or Bale given the antipathy towards him in much of England. Interestingly, though, there is the possibility those who would never vote Suarez such an award could, in splitting their ballots between the United and Tottenham men, provide him a route to victory.
As for what the future might hold for Luis Suarez, Lucas doesn't claim to know—all he does claim to know is the present, and in the present at least he believes Suarez is entirely happy and committed to Liverpool Football Club.
"After the season Luis is having I’m sure there will be a lot of speculation, that is bound to happen," he added. "At the end of the day it will be his decision and the club’s decision, but what I know from Luis is that he’s happy, he’s comfortable, and his confidence is high. Nobody is thinking about the summer or next season yet."
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