Liverpool transfer saga turns bitter as star trains alone

It will only end in tears

Brendan Rodgers has told wantaway striker Luis Suarez to train alone, saying the forward has shown ‘total disrespect’ for the club, according to the BBC. 

Rodgers has also rejected the forward’s claim that he was promised a transfer 12 months ago, should Liverpool fail to qualify for the Champions League.

It is widely reported the 26-year-old is due to submit an official transfer request this week in a bid to force through a move to Arsenal.

“There were no promises made – categorically none – and no promises broken,” insisted Rodgers.

“The club and his representatives had several conversations and he knew exactly where he was at.

“There has been total disrespect of the club – a club that has given him everything.

“Obviously the remarks I’ve read are bitterly disappointing – but my job is bigger than that.”

Sources close to the Anfield club have revealed the decision to make Suarez train alone was taken before the player’s outspoken comments were published on Tuesday, due to his recent lacklustre performances in the club’s pre-season games.

“I will take strong, decisive action, absolutely. I think Luis knows the support he’s had at the football club and that’s something that’s been unswerving throughout the whole of last season,” Rodgers added.

“My job is to fight and protect the club. The conversations I’ve had with him he knows I’ve had, and they will remain private.”

Suarez is said to be furious the club have not allowed him a move following a bid of £40million plus £1 from Arsenal, that was thought to trigger a release clause in the player’s contract.

Although PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has backed Liverpool’s claim that the offer does not mean they have to sell.

“If there is a minimum offer of £40m then the parties will discuss things but it does not say the club has to sell,” said Taylor.

“There is a ‘good faith’ clause in relation to serious discussions, but I can’t say it is a cast-iron buy-out clause.”

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