Brendan Rodgers daily Luis Suarez update…
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has assured fans that the club are trying everything to mend the Luis Suarez situation, and promised that there is no problem between himself and the striker, he told Liverpool’s official website.
Suarez issued a scathing attack on Liverpool last week in an attempt to force a transfer away from Anfield to a Champions League side. The Reds have publicly told the player that he will not be sold this window however, and have forced the 26-year-old to train alone for his disrespectful attitude. Rodgers has also requested that the forward apologises to fans, and has told supporters he is working hard to mend the messy situation that threatens to destabilise the start of Liverpool’s Premier League campaign.
“It is something that we have to do everything we can to fix,” said the Northern Irish boss.
“There has been a lot said and a lot reported, and we have made a stance, as a club and as a manager, of the commitment and the standards required.”
Rodgers is prepared to sit and wait until the end of the transfer window, but claims the issue is not a personal problem between him and Suarez. Whether the Uruguayan would second this is arguable…
“If we have got to sit and wait, then so be it. But this is a club that has got great values, and we hope that the situation can be resolved amicably, and I am sure it will be,” he continued.
“There’s no problem between me and him, it is quite calm. But obviously I have got to respect the club and the team.”
Essentially however, Rodgers will not pick Suarez for Liverpool until the situation has resolved itself. With no apology forthcoming, the club and the player are at a standstill: the player doesn’t want to play for them, and no club Liverpool will sell to want to buy him.
“It doesn’t matter who you are, if they’re not pulling their weight then they are letting down the club, the city and everyone who has stood by them.
“So until I get that assurance that we are going to get nothing but 100 per cent commitment, then there will be no solution.”
Suarez scored 30 goals for Liverpool last term, but will sit out the first six matches suspended after biting Branislav Ivanovic last season. Unless a European heavyweight meets Liverpool’s valuation, it is looking increasingly likely that the Uruguayan will be staying at Anfield until January at least.