Reds not prepared to allow star to leave Anfield without a fight.
Liverpool have no intention of granting Luis Suarez a quick exit from Anfield and will demand in excess of £50m for the wantaway striker, reports the Liverpool Echo.
The Uruguayan confirmed his desire to leave Anfield on Friday and has set his sights on forcing through a move to La Liga giants Real Madrid.
Reports in Spain have suggested that Suarez, 26, has a £40m release clause but the Echo understands this is incorrect, and Liverpool are ready to demand well in excess of that figure for the controversial front man.
Reds officials released a statement on Friday stressing that Suarez was not for sale and have privately rubbished the former Ajax star’s claims that he has already told the club he wants to leave.
Suarez’s comments to the Uruaguayan media came as a shock to both Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers and managing director Ian Ayre.
While Liverpool are determined that the saga does not drag on all summer, Real Madrid may have to offer in excess of the club record £50m the Merseysiders receive from Chelsea for Fernando Torres in 2011 in order to get the 23-goal hit-man.