The Gunners had their increased offer for unsettled Uruguayan striker rejected on Tuesday.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has dismissed Arsenal’s £40 million plus £1 bid for Luis Suarez and has told them to meet his asking price or forget about him.
Two weeks after submitting a £30m offer for Suarez the Gunners stepped up their efforts to sign the unsettled Uruguayan striker, triggering a release clause in his contract that allows them to open dialogue with him, but doesn’t mean their Premier League rivals will be forced to sell.
It’s thought manager Arsene Wenger won’t be ruffled in his pursuit of the 26-year-old but Rodgers has warned the north London club to match his £50m valuation if they want to prise him away from Anfield this summer.
“For me, it is work as normal,” Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo. “There is no change for me or for Luis. He is a paid player at Liverpool Football Club so he just needs to get on with getting himself fit.
“That’s how it is. Until somebody tells me something different that is what all my concentration will be on.
“If Arsenal want the player then they have to produce the value for the player.
“There was an offer a few weeks ago of £35million and two weeks later it is now £40million and £1. I don’t think it is anywhere near the value of what he is worth.
“It is two-fold really. A player may want to go, but then somebody has to pay the value or worth of that player.”
Suarez made his first appearance for Liverpool since his infamous bite on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in April, making an 18 minute cameo during the 2-0 friendly win over Melbourne Victory at the MCG on Wednesday night.