Luis Suarez has again suggested that he wants to leave Liverpool, because he feels unfairly treated in England.
On international duty with Uruguay, the controversial striker says that the way he was punished after the infamous Patrice Evra racism incident, and the reaction to his bite of Branislav Ivanovic, has pushed him away from Liverpool, even though he “loves” the club.
"Without any proof they gave me an eight-match ban," Suarez moaned to RR Gol.
"But with [John] Terry, where they had proof, lip-readers, they gave him four. I'm South American and I think that's the root of all of this."
"Liverpool is a club that I dreamt about playing for as a boy,” he added.
“I have been with great players there, they know me and I would love to continue for many more years at Liverpool. The stadium is spectacular, the fans are phenomenal: people with tattoos of me, things that I could never have imagined. After the [Evra] suspension people would come up to me, this is something that really touched me and they would say: 'Luis forget everything and stay.' But I can't forget as it was something that I had to suffer, that my family had to suffer and away from football I have a family to support and who are hurt by these things.
"About a week ago I was walking in a shopping centre near Manchester and three or four guys asked me for a photo. While we were posing for it my wife said to me: 'Luis, get out of the photo.' She noticed they were making biting gestures. I was with my wife and my daughter. Things like that get on your nerves. My wife was on the brink of tears and the blokes ran off laughing. You get tired of stuff like that."
Suarez then reiterated his temptation to join Real Madrid, but added: "The only thing I know is that I have a contract [with Liverpool]".
Liverpool meanwhile, are determined to strengthen their squad to enable an assault on a top-four position next season.
Which players they sign will inevitably depend on whether Suarez stays or goes, and how much money they get for him.
Manager Brendan Rodgers says that his first season at Liverpool showed “promise.”
"I believe we will improve again and we have to because we want to sustain a challenge,” he added.
Iago Aspas is expected to complete his signing for Liverpool soon, after undergoing a medical on Merseyside. And Rodgers has hinted that more transfers are to come.
"We need one or two centre halves and I'm looking to bring 20 more goals into the team. So I'm also looking at another offensive player to give us a real threat on goal and another attacking midfield player,” he said.
“We definitely need to do that, especially if we're going to put some young ones out on loan next season to gain experience. But it's not easy when you can't make mistakes.
“We want to keep the acceleration and pushing on so this is a very important window for us. We have to do our best to make it right because the players who need to come in have to be effective right from the off."