Wednesday, 7th August, 2013
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has reiterated the club's stance on Luis Suarez, issuing a hands-off warning to rivals Arsenal.
Suarez is desperate to leave Liverpool and Arsenal have made two bids for the Uruguayan, both being rejected. And Rodgers' side are still keen to keep hold of the former Ajax man, despite his desire to head to a club in the Champions League.
The forward has not travelled with Liverpool to Norway, where the Reds are playing a pre-season friendly, and that in itself caused speculation over a move to step up a gear.
But Rodgers has reiterated his position.
"I will tell you what I've been saying all summer and what I said most of last season", the Liverpool boss told a press conference.
"He is an incredible player, Luis Suarez. On the field he is a fighter, he wants to win and he showed that last season.
"We've obviously had a couple of bids from one club that has been nowhere near the valuation. I repeat – nowhere near the valuation of what he is worth in this market.
"There's no change to that.
"We have no intention of selling one of the top players in the world to one of our rivals.
"The message is very clear: Luis Suarez is very much a Liverpool player."
Rodgers did though leave the door slightly ajar, admitting that a very, very large offer for Suarez could cause a reassessment of the situation.
"There is not even really a discussion point, unless someone comes within anywhere near the valuation of Luis. At this present time, that's not the case."
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