Reds keep tight grip on Suarez
18 July 2013, 14:11
Jakarta - Liverpool's star striker Luis Suarez is not for sale,
manager Brendan Rodgers said on Thursday, after the club reportedly
turned down a 30 million ($45 million) offer from Arsenal.
26, has three years left on his contract with Liverpool, and the
controversial Uruguayan will spend the first six games of the next
season on the bench for biting.
Nonetheless, Arsenal and Real
Madrid are believed to have made bids for the striker, whose floor price
is set at 40 million by Liverpool.
"We had an offer that came to
the club, but it was nowhere near the value and worth of what we feel
that Luis brings," Rodgers told reporters, without confirming who made
"There's been a lot of speculation over the summer with
regard to Luis moving to all different clubs. But in this moment in
time, he's very much a Liverpool player," Rodgers said in the Indonesian
capital Jakarta ahead of a weekend friendly.
Arsene Wenger, also in Jakarta for a friendly last week that ended in a
7-0 victory for his team, was tight-lipped when asked about a bid for
Suarez, but said he hoped "to be in a position where we can answer this
Last month Suarez, who was banned for racist abuse in
2011, admitted it would be difficult to turn down an offer from Spanish
giants Real Madrid.
British media has reported a recent offer of 25 million by the Spanish club.
very much a Liverpool player, unless something drastic happens that
would make us even consider it. As I see him, Suarez has three years
left on his contract," Rodgers said, naming the player "one of the top
strikers in world football".
He refused to comment on speculation that the Reds were eyeing Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney for transfer.
Suarez would be a blow to the team and Rodgers, who has vowed to revamp
the squad and qualify for the Champions League, which it failed to do
"The great name of Liverpool as a club and the history
of the club dictates we should be in (the Champions League)," Rodgers
"There's no other measure for us. The challenge is very,
very difficult because of the competitors now in England. There are so
many more teams with other finances," he said.
"But for us, we have to continue to fight and I believe we can put up a great fight this year."
Liverpool will play an Indonesian all-star team Saturday in an exhibition match.