Liverpool boss admits that he expects transfer bids for Luis Suarez this summer.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has spent much of this season indicating that Luis Suarez will not be sold, but admits that plenty of teams will likely be interested in signing the Uruguayan forward.
Suarez was on course to challenge Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie for the Premier League golden boot in April, but after biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic’s arm he was banned for the remainder of the season, and the Dutchman claimed the award comfortably in the end.
Despite Suarez still being banned for the first six games of next season because of the incident, his talent with the ball at his feet is such that his tempestuous nature has not dissuaded teams from considering recruiting the 26 year-old – something that Rodgers is all too aware of.
“Listen, every player has their price but there’s certainly no pressure for the club to sell him. We’re trying to build that bit of quality so he’s not for sale,” Rodgers explained to the Metro.
“I don’t have any doubts there will be interest in him this summer, because he’s up there.
“There’s a small percentage of players who are world class and he’s in that bracket, so I don’t think it will be too dissimilar to when I first came in last summer, with clubs making their interest known.
“People will want to take him, but I think we all recognise how integral he is. The owners have been absolutely unequivocal in their resolve in terms of wanting to keep him.”
Liverpool clearly don’t want to sell Suarez, with his 30 goals in 44 games near-irreplaceable at Anfield.
Bayern Munich, Juventus and Real Madrid are named as likely interested teams for the summer transfer window.