Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has declared Luis Suarez’s desire to move to Arsenal ‘does not add up’ reports the Telegraph.
The Liverpool striker has been at the centre of a prolonged transfer saga, which saw it’s most recent twist arrive when Arsenal made a bid of £40million plus an extra £1, to trigger a clause in the players contract that allowed him to speak to Emirates officials.
Suarez has changed his stance somewhat since the beginning of the transfer window, where he claimed his reason for wanting to leave Liverpool was due to criticism he received from the British press.
Now the Uruguayan is pushing for a move based on the fact he wants to play Champions League football next season.
Rodgers has the backing of the clubs American owners to reject any further advances from the Gunners, and believes a move that would see Suarez leave Liverpool would be a mistake.
“Would it be a mistake for Luis to leave Liverpool? Yes, 100 per cent,” Rodgers said. “I know what we are trying to build and grow here, so why would you swap Liverpool to go to Arsenal? I am not sure that it adds up to be honest.
“Don’t get me wrong, Arsenal has a wonderful history in its own right, but Liverpool is one of the biggest clubs in the world.
“We are not in the Champions League and haven’t been for a while now, but we have to step up to the challenge,” Rodgers continued. “And we would love to have him [Suárez] to continue with the next phase.
“It is difficult for Luis, I understand that. If a team wants you, it can be difficult. But it is a situation we are in control of because he has three years left on his contract.
“And I can categorically say that the owners have been brilliant throughout this process. The board and club has stayed very strong. It is very simple. We don’t want to sell one of our best players.”