Liverpool boss resolute on transfer stance

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and striker Luis SuarezBrendan Rodgers insisted yesterday that Luis Suarez will be a Liverpool player come the start of the season – “unless anything drastic happens.”

The Liverpool manager’s comments came following a bid in the region of £30million from Arsenal earlier this week, and continued speculation surrounding a move to Real Madrid.

Rodgers has been talking to Suarez on an almost daily basis and the 26-year-old is due to link up with his teammates next week on the second leg of their pre-season tour in Melbourne.

Commenting on the situation, Rodgers said: “He is a wonderful player and he is still very much a Liverpool player. No matter who the player is, nobody is bigger than Liverpool Football Club.

“Luis is a very important member of this squad and I am looking forward to working with him again this season. There has been lots of speculation about Luis moving to another club but, as I said, he is very much a Liverpool player.

“We had an offer that was nowhere near what we value him at. Of course he wants to work and play at the top level. But unless something drastic happens, he will be staying here. He has got three years left on his contract.”

Suarez still has six games of his ten-match ban to serve for biting Branislav Ivanovic in April, but Rodgers is unconcerned.

“He will serve his punishment and now we have to put it behind us,” he added.

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