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Brendan Rodgers Hits Back At Luis Suarez Following Strikers Plea To Join Arsenal

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has hit back at Luis Suarez after the striker confirmed he wants to leave Anfield for league rivals Arsenal this summer.

With the summer transfer window now open, there is plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, Brendan Rodgers responds to Luis Suarez’s interview comments.

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has hit back at Luis Suarez after the striker confirmed he wants to leave Anfield for league rivals  Arsenal this summer.

Suarez did an interview with the Telegraph on Tuesday night where he accused Liverpool of failing to honor the terms of his contract and allow him to join Arsenal after they submitted a bid of £40,000,001. The 26-year-old claimed he had both a verbal and written agreement with the club that he would be allowed to leave this summer if a bid of £40m or more was offered by a club in the Champions League if the Reds failed to finish in the top-four.

The Uruguayan also told the newspaper that he was ready to take his case to the Premier League and was ready to hand in a transfer request in order to force his way out of Anfield. However, PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has confirmed the clause does not state that Liverpool have to sell, although he does concede that the exact wording could be interpreted differently.

Following Liverpool’s 4-1 win over Valerenga on Wednesday night, boss Brendan Rodgers has hit back in an interview with the clubs official website where he reminds Suarez of his responsibilities while playing for a club like Liverpool FC and claims he will deal with the striker internally.

Rodgers does not indicate how the club will proceed or whether they will consider selling the former Ajax man following his outburst, but he hinted that the striker should show the club and it’s fans more respect and said that no player is bigger than LFC.

Here’s what Rodgers told Liverpoolfc.com:

“My conversations with players will always remain private. I’ll never disclose any conversation between a player and I.

“In terms of the remarks that were made, this is a football club that has always worked a certain way. The Liverpool Way is all about a club with ambition, a club that strives to be the very best, a club that is about commitment – that means that everyone is committed to the cause of fighting for the shirt.

“It’s also about dignity and being dignified in how you speak about the club, on and off the field, and it’s about unity.

“Those are the four values that run through my mind when I think about Liverpool. Those are the values we will always retain. If anyone steps outside of that standard, I will deal with it. That’s something that we’ll do.

“It means that we have a standard at Liverpool that I will fight for my life to retain. There will never be any player or person bigger than the club.”

“Professionally, Luis Suarez has given me everything since I came into the football club, but there is obviously a way in which you have to speak. This is a club that has offered Luis Suarez the utmost respect since the day he walked through the door.

“That’s something that over the course of the coming weeks you need to have when you work for Liverpool Football Club. You’ve got supporters and players that have given Luis Suarez absolutely everything – they backed him to the hilt.

“Even at the weekend, when we had Steven Gerrard’s testimonial game, the supporters raised the roof for him. That’s something that I will always fight to retain at the football club, because that is what Liverpool is about – respect, humility and real dignity.”

So it seems this saga is set to continue and the next step for the player would be to hand in a written transfer request, although that will still not guarantee that Liverpool will agree to sell, especially to Arsenal.

It’s likely that Suarez’s position at Anfield has now become untenable but if Rodgers decides to sell I’d expect they will do all they can to find a foreign buyer. For Arsenal, they could continue to wait to see how this plays out or they could test Liverpool’s resolve with a higher bid.

It’s going to be an interesting few days but I wouldn’t bet against this one running right until the last few days of the window.

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39 Comments

39 Comments

  1. amola

    August 7, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Please allow him to come….LUIS SUAREZ u re highly welcome….up gunnerz…

    • Bill

      August 7, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      I’m sick and tired of you bloody cockney hypocrites 2 months ago you wanted him deported and banned for life. go drown yourself.

      • Cjay

        August 7, 2013 at 11:17 pm

        From reading how the post above is written, I’d imagine the author is about as Cockney (proper noun, hence the capital letter) as Suarez himself. If you’re going to make sweeping generalisations, at least aim them at people from a similar post code rather than those on the other side of the world…….
        What makes me laugh (apart from the complete ignorance shown by the poster above), is how a man with absolutely NO alligience to the club beyond the past twelve months can give it so large about the ethos of the club. If integrity was so important to the once great Liverpool, they would have sold Suarez ages ago. The bloke is a despicable human being if the way he carries himself on the pitch is anything to judge. I’m an Arsenal fan and whilst he can definently play the game I would despair to see him in the red and white. I’d love us to win trophies, but not with a player who would eventually disgrace the shirt. But, when you constantly live off past glories, I guess anything will do!

        • Peter

          August 8, 2013 at 3:57 am

          I totally agree with some of what you have said… As a Liverpool fan, I have personally wanted him to be gone for a long time, he is a low human being ( brilliant footballer though).

          However the living off past glories comment confuses me. We have won the CL, FA Cup and Carling cups in recent memory. When was the last time you won something?

          • rizal

            August 8, 2013 at 5:51 am

            If a purpose of a football fans is to boast of how many trophy that the club had previously won, then ones are best to be a fans of Real Madrid or ManU. Because the entrance fee to be a fans is just a matter of picking. It does not cost a thing, so what is the cost of your boasting ?

            In the case of Suarez there is no need for both set of fans to be bickering about, let Suarez and both set of the club decided it, if he leave-he leave if he won’t- he won’t.Because I cherish the value that Liverpool and Arsenal fans use to respect one another.

  2. Bill (I'm not the idiot above)

    August 7, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Sell him to a Russian side, he doesn’t like the cold.

  3. Epicurean

    August 7, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    The media are a disgrace and so is Rodgers. Why is there any clause at all if they hadn’t talked about it? If there is no 40 mill mentioned, why are they so outraged with the Arsenal bid? Liverpool gambled to get in the CL and failed, now they are scrabbling around to save face whilst making a song and dance about loyalty and dignity. You only want to keep him because he is good, keep downing and actually teach him to play better! What do your coaches do!

  4. Modric

    August 7, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    We Lius lyk neva b4,Rodgers allow him 2 Cum

  5. Aaron

    August 7, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    @Bill(the idiot above).
    Oh we still know he is an asshole, we still want him though. We are fed up of being the ‘nice guys’ our player are always so cal after a loss even if a controversy occurs like a dive they still smile and happily shake hands with the player like the players with drogba last week.
    I want players like Wilshere, and I dont care if they are a nice person or not, I want to win.
    Im sorry your club cant keep him, we didnt b**ch about ManU last season we were annoyed with the player who betrayed us and left for him. Direct your anger at Suarez, not at us, because we know how it feels and its the liverpool fans who have started this divide between arsenal and l’pool fans recently

    • Aaron

      August 7, 2013 at 11:10 pm

      calm*

  6. Agwasie Kingsley Tochi.

    August 7, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Cme & enjoy ur career and win awards at emirate stadium! In arsene we trust. Up gunners

    • Peter

      August 8, 2013 at 3:59 am

      What awards were they again? When did they start giving out prizes for 4th?

  7. John

    August 7, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    If there was any chance of Liverpool keeping hold of Luis Suarez then Brendon Rodgers comments (above) have certainly put an end to it !! Clearly the contract L’pool drafted lacked clarity which has been the root cause of this dispute. Its no surprise that Brendon Rodgers has hidden behind the “private discussions with players will remain private” choosing not to defend or deny his commitment to support Suarez’s exit if not qualifying for Champions League last season … his ‘silence’ here speaks volumes for his ‘honourable status’ & legal terms like ‘in good faith !! Luis Suarez has made mistakes and its time that L’pool recognised the impact this has on a players transfer value …. even at £40m he is still a risky investment !!

    • DeanoLFC

      August 8, 2013 at 12:44 am

      “There were no promises made – categorically none – and no promises broken. Obviously, the remarks I’ve read, it is bitterly disappointing – but my job is bigger than that. My job is to fight and protect the club.
      That was a statement from Rodgers after the Valeranga game he clearly states he made no such promise to Suarez so do some research before you start shouting your mouth off and talkin about something you clearly no fukall about

      • rizal

        August 8, 2013 at 5:55 am

        So Brendan say no promise is made and then Suarez say there was a promise. So now it would be in balance, and why the hack you “start shouting your mouth off and talkin about something you clearly no fukall about”

  8. TJ

    August 7, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Rodger I don’t knw wat u want again.U remember wat what makes RVP left arsenal?Just bcus he want to win trophy.An suarez said he won’t to play in d champions league,and u couldn’t offer him.Y can’t u alow him to go?

  9. Bbanj

    August 7, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    You arsenal fans are shameless…you guys crucified suarez last season now you want him in your club…stupidity speaks in your maggot-filled heads.

    • jessie

      August 8, 2013 at 12:19 am

      you are the most stupid and shameless football fan i have ever had off. when did you start watching football? cut your coat according to ur size, this is all about playing in the best competition in the world which you cant offer him (the champions league). why force some one to fall in love with You? stupid idiot. suarez is in love with ARSENAL and there is northing you can do about it. gunners 4 life

      • DeanoLFC

        August 8, 2013 at 12:37 am

        Hahahaaaa Suarez is in love with arsenal??? If he does join arsenal it’s just a stepping stone to Madrid you pathetic little tw@t

        • rizal

          August 8, 2013 at 6:00 am

          Agree, Suarez want to go to Arsenal but certainly not in love, period. And because of this stepping stone thingy and Suarez character are the reason why Arsenal or any other club would want to buy Suarez at a very high price and he don’t deserve a very-very high price tag. He is a risk.

          • DeanoLFC

            August 8, 2013 at 11:48 am

            So don’t buy him they you joke we don’t want to sell to arsenal simple as that so take your pocket money and try the bargain basement in the lower leagues

  10. Ynwa2013

    August 7, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    Arsenal will have to come in at 55M minimum and lets be honest you haven’t got the balls to spend that kind if money, especially bcos he’ll f**k off to Real Madrid at the earliest opportunity. You’ll the be calling him every name under the sun and would have paid the British transfer record fee for the pleasure! Tw*ts you actually think he’ll stick around for more than a year. LFC team was moulded around him, he’ll never be as successful anywhere else

    • jessie

      August 8, 2013 at 12:25 am

      shut up your mouth ynwa2013, who told you that suarez will not be successful with club like arsenal? weather you tag him 20m or 55m, he will no longer play for you again.

      • DeanoLFC

        August 8, 2013 at 12:39 am

        Shut up your mouth? How old are you do your parents know your still awake?

    • rizal

      August 8, 2013 at 6:06 am

      You are not smart, Arsenal is certain way of playing but is still mould-able, so if Suarez come then Arsenal would also play to compliment Suarez. If you want an example club that cannot be mould-able period then it is Barcelona – why = because the way they player and because there is a being call Messi.

      • DeanoLFC

        August 8, 2013 at 11:51 am

        You make no sense atall with what you are saying You clearly haven’t got a clue about football or how to string a sentence together I suggests you go back to school and sit some English classes

  11. Ynwa2013

    August 7, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    BR will put him in his place. Reserves would be a good idea and let the c**t struggle to make it for the World Cup squad. Unfortunately though I don’t think a y team can have that value of player in the reserves

  12. Musad

    August 8, 2013 at 12:08 am

    liverpool just don’t want to sell to arsenal cause they may form another invincible team that may spell end for liverpool’s champions league hope.arsenal will always remain atop liverpool.you might get the boot one day rodgers,don’t get too boiled up

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  14. Mr liverpool

    August 8, 2013 at 12:55 am

    Some ppl ar vry stupid in life…if u want him y nt increase ur offer ,i tink dats wot chelsea z doin2 bring Rooney nd man u2 bring farbrgas, u ar here tlkn abt claus or no claus wit 40+1..u guys ar jokn…80m nd he z all urs. Remenba highest Afc hav gone z 15m 4 arshavin,so lets wait n C…YNWA

  15. tony

    August 8, 2013 at 1:08 am

    makes you laugh when Liverpool fans go on about overpaying for players,Carroll,Downing and Henderson cost £75 mil LOL

  16. tony

    August 8, 2013 at 1:10 am

    suarez will join arsenal and Liverpool will fight relegation lol

  17. adegoke adeoye immade

    August 8, 2013 at 4:12 am

    Arsenal fans let’s be patient nd dont insult Liverpool anymore. Coz, are they the one who told us to sell Robin Van Persie. Up gunnerz

  18. rizal

    August 8, 2013 at 5:39 am

    What a lot of BULL this Liverpool is, there want for the player to abide to dignity , dignify and etc but how is the way that you treat Reina ? Brenden what if one day all of the sudden you know that had been sack without any discussion on problem or without warning, how is the way Liverpool get ride of D.Cisse how? can you still remember them, and certainly that is not a dignify way.
    Why does Brendan say he won’t comment on what Suarez is saying and yet saying that it is private = simply because you did say to Suarez that last year would be the deciding year for Suarez isn’t .
    And would a dignify and respected seller would say the sale price is 50M then within days it is 55M then 75M and then within days too 100M. liverpool and Brendan just say that you don’t want sell him and leave out all of this self proclaim respect or dignify etc bull.

  19. Reage

    August 8, 2013 at 6:30 am

    Why liverpool are insultin us is what I dnt get, we didn’t get mad at man u fans wen man u wants to buy rvp we were rather mad at rvp for been disloyal. What we simply want is a striker to upgrade our squad and wenger was alerted that suarez want to leave and then we bid, how is that a crime? I actualy like liverpool and the only time I dnt support them is against arsenal. Am losin all the respect now tho

  20. Godfrey edos

    August 8, 2013 at 8:33 am

    It’s simple Rogder’s & liverpool can’t offer champions league to our deer striker (luis suares) so my question is why holding him back. Up Gunners.

  21. Ian

    August 8, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Suarez, please tell your daughter that she can do whatever next time when she starts working to get to what she wants and that includes cheating, blaming others, lying, biting, dishonouring, etc… and having friends in working places are not important…

    Suarez, please tell your wife that you can walk out from your marriage certificate anytime you want, and you can go to any press and said she is betrayal, disloyal, cheating, go back on promise, etc…

    Suarez, please tell your parents that you do not appreciate them when they were supporting you when you are young, and that may includes again, cheating, fighting in schools, not studying hard to get into good schools, protecting you against bullies, feeding you with the best possible food they can buy with limited monies, etc…

    Because this is who you really are.

    • rizal

      August 8, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      tell that to Brendan too because he does force his way out of Swansea to move to a bigger club and then trying to sway away the mind of Swansea to jump on the same band wagon even though there is an mutual unwritten agreement that he would respect Swansea and their player done while before his move to Liverpool materialize.

  22. Eljay,gunner4life

    August 8, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Liverpool can still survive wtout suarez, he is not bigger dan d club. I wish they could sell him now & quickly settle for d new season, even if they refuse to sell him now am not sure he can be commited in games like he normally do bcos his heart is somewhere else.

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