Luis Suarez is happy at Liverpool, and has accepted their refusal to sell him…
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted that Luis Suarez understands his club don’t want to sell him, and claims the player is happy at Anfield, he told the Liverpool Echo.
The player, who has publicly stated a desire to leave Anfield throughout the summer, has not handed in an official transfer request, and has three years left on his contract.
Liverpool have rejected two bids from Arsenal that reached £40m, but the Reds claimed this was nowhere near their valuation for the striker. It is looking increasingly likely that Suarez will stay at the club, as Real Madrid are focussing all of their attentions on Gareth Bale.
Rodgers said though that Suarez is training well, and looking forward to finishing his suspension and playing football again.
“He’s in a difficult position in terms of not being able to play because of his suspension – he will sit out the first six games and he will miss playing football.
“But he’s working hard and remains part of the group. He hasn’t been moping about.”
“It could have unsettled them but it hasn’t,” he added.
Rodgers also praised his squad, who have not appeared to be negatively effected by the ongoing Suarez transfer saga. They have won four out of four pre-season matches, without conceding a goal – and new signings Simon Mignolet, Kolo Toure, Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas have impressed.
“It says a lot about their professionalism: the environment that we’re creating is that the star will always be the team,” Rodgers continued.
“We want to have top players here but if for whatever reason we don’t, we will always know we can rely on the team and each other.
“The harmony in the group is very good. The spirit is strong. Right across the club there is a one club mentality.
“If we can keep it that way we can have a great season.”
The Liverpool boss is looking to bring exciting first-team players into the squad before the start of the campaign. The Reds are close to securing Benfica left-back Lorenzo Melgarejo on loan for the year, and have stepped up their interest in Greek stopper Kyriakos Papadopolous.