"There has been total disrespect of the club ... I will take strong, decisive action, absolutely ... My job is to fight and protect the club ... (An apology is) something I will ensure before anything happens in the future."
Strong words from the Liverpool manager.
- Might they have come in October 2011, when Luis Suarez's melodramatic shrieking got Jack Rodwell sent off in the Merseyside derby (a red that was later rescinded)?
- Or how about in December 2011, when an FA independent regulatory commission found him guilty of racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra and banned him for eight games.
- And then the following February, when he refused to shake the hand of his victim before kick-off in the next Liverpool-United game?
- What about when his handball led to the goal that knocked non-league Mansfield Town out of the FA Cup this January?
-And finally, perhaps the Anfield gaffer might have been moved to castigate his man in such unflinching terms when he chomped on the arm of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in April?
I'm not saying all of the above were dreadful, callous acts (the Mansfield handball was accidental, the handshake incident unsavoury but irrelevant) - but all brought negative publicity on the club.
Kenny Dalglish and Brendan Rodgers had plenty of opportunities to nail Suarez for bringing Liverpool into disrepute, but they chose, very largely, to back their man.
It's taken until now to realise Suarez does bad things?
This, then, is not about right and wrong. Much as Rodgers talks of the club's iconic status and ethical rectitude, Liverpool allowed Suarez to commit a dizzying array of offences, but only when he tried to leave did the manager stick it to him.
In fact, the only time Rodgers has spoken anything like as harshly was when Suarez admitted diving, which Rodgers called "unacceptable" and "wrong".
Mind you, Rodgers had nothing to say when Suarez belly-flopped comedically against Stoke. It was only when the player later confirmed what everyone already knew - that he had taken a dive - that the manager spoke out.
Behind the scenes, it is hard to imagine Rodgers is truly upset about this week's developments. More likely he's planning how to spend the cash.
As Hyman Roth said in the Godfather II when his associate Moe Greene got a bullet in the eyeball:
"This is the business we've chosen."
Football is not the mafia. Not quite, anyway. It is cut-throat in a metaphorical sense only.
But the point stands. Much as anyone in organised crime cannot get too upset when his friend turns up dead, so football - and the transfer business in particular - is such a moral vacuum it seems ludicrous to criticise any player who stabs his employer in the back.
Let he who has never tapped-up cast the first stone.
Rodgers is doing nothing more than playing to a crowd that, finally, is turning against Luis Suarez.
He wants the forward's now-inevitable departure to look like more than Liverpool not being able to hold on to their best player.
To sell to Arsenal, a team also scrambling for a top four finish rather than a bona fide European giant, shows how far Liverpool's stock has fallen in their years out of the Champions League.
They are at risk of becoming a feeder club, a side whose quest for greatness is forever set back by bigger fish snapping up their best players. A bit like Ajax, actually, from whom they snaffled Suarez in January 2011.
Rather than a man trying to further his career, Suarez needs to be painted as a mercenary, a malign influence, a bad apple without whom Liverpool are stronger and more united. And we'll worry about who's going to score all the goals later.
All of this is just PR. Suarez, clumsily, has made his case; Rodgers has responded in kind. Liverpool fans are coming round to hating Suarez; Arsenal supporters are beginning to think he's not so bad after all.
But there's no point moralising. The fact that a man with Suarez's disciplinary track record, who misses 25 per cent of his matches through suspension, can command £40,000,001 will tell you football is a place where world-class talent can absolve a player of any crime.
Any crime, that is, except wanting to leave.
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