Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has declared, not for the first time, that Luis Suarez is not for sale.
Speaking to the media about the bids for the Uruguayan, Rodgers said he was ‘confident’ Suarez would remain a Mugsmasher and that he was somewhat annoyed with Arsenal’s bid.
“I’ve got to say I’ve always associated Arsenal as a club with class and so there was a wee bit of a game there,” he told the Guardian. “For us, it’s about moving on and doing our own work. There will come a point where they understand our position.
“Obviously they have an interest and they put that interest in with two bids which were nowhere near what the player is worth. That’s within their right. There is a market in football for players but from us the message is constant. We do not want to sell.”
Liverpool’s public position remains strong on this one. From John Henry’s ‘smoking’ Tweet and various declarations from the manager and club officials, it seems Rodgers is counting on his team’s top scorer being around for their new campaign.
“I’m extremely confident that Luis will be here. The offers have come in as you would expect for one of the world’s leading strikers but as time goes by I’m gaining more confidence because I have a chance to be with him on a day-to-day basis and he gets the chance to be around his team-mates. We’re in total control of the situation as a club and that’s how it will remain.
“The owners have been brilliant. If it was another club needing the money or desperate for the money it could have been a different story. But John Henry and Tom [Werner, the chairman] have been first class through the whole process, so there are no arguments there and it gives you the confidence they are not in any hurry to sell because they understand we are trying to build here.”
It doesn’t look as if there’ll be a speedy resolution to this one, and it’s all getting a bit fraught despite Arsene Wenger’s desire to find an amicable conclusion to the summer’s biggest transfer drama.
Still, it’s a bit much for Rodgers to questions Arsenal’s ‘class’ just because they made a bid for a Liverpool player. Especially when you’re in charge of a club who wore t-shirts to support a man guilty of making racist remarks at an opponent.
The man we’re trying to buy.