No agreement for Suarez to leave Liverpool if club fails to finish in top four, claims Rodgers.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has dismissed suggestions that there is an agreement with Luis Suarez that would allow him to leave if the club fails to qualify for the Champions League.
The Uruguayan striker went public with his desire to leave Anfield for Champions League football this summer but Liverpool refused to sell the 26-year-old, despite two bids from rivals Arsenal.
Suarez has rewarded the club with some fine performances since completing a 10-game ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, and moved to the top of the Premier League scoring charts with a sensational four-goal haul in Wednesday’s 5-1 thrashing of Norwich City.
Liverpool’s resolve to hold onto the controversial former Ajax striker would be sternly tested if they failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League, but Rodgers says there is no pact that would allow him to leave the club in such circumstances.
“There never was that before and there never was that this summer,” the Liverpool manager said.
“I didn’t sit in on the conversations, but as I understand it there is no agreement of any kind.
“The contract was what it was. We want him to stay and with his contract running for two and a half years, I am sure there will be something between now and the end of the season to keep him here.
“There will be a number of dependencies on that, but the most important thing is that the player is happy.”
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