Arsenal had a second official bid for Suarez rejected on Tuesday evening, of £40million plus one extra pound – an offer seen as an attempt to trigger a clause in the Uruguayan’s contract.
That clause meant the striker had to be told of the Gunners’ interest, and in turn was allowed to hold talks with the North London club, although Liverpool have made it clear they have no intention of selling unless they receive a substantially larger offer.
Suarez made his first appearance in a Liverpool shirt since his infamous bite on Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic back in April, during yesterday’s pre-season friendly win over Melbourne Victory.
The striker played an 18-minute cameo, which saw him lay on Liverpool’s second goal for summer signing Iago Aspas.
After the game, manager Brendan Rodgers said he expected the striker to show some loyalty to the Liverpool supporters who have stood by him after two seasons of controversy.
“There’s nothing new to report, he [Suarez] is very much a Liverpool player and over the course of the next couple of weeks we’ve got to get him up to speed,” Rodgers said.
“The support he has received from the supporters and the people of the city of Liverpool has been unrivalled.
“In this period of time he’s missed a lot of games for the club through various reasons. The people have stood by him like a son and really looked after him. Whatever happens in the coming weeks that will be in his mind because it’s something you can never forget.”
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