Brendan Rodgers has opened a door for Arsenal to continue their pursuit of Luis Suarez, to a successful conclusion. The Liverpool manager has stated that he only wants 100% committed players at Anfield this season.
“Today was another message from them that they love him here. We all love him, as a manager, players and supporters. We’re trying to keep our best players”, Rodgers explained, before adding the caveat.
“We only want players who are totally, 100 per cent committed to being here.”
“I’ve spoken to Luis countless times over the summer and, of course, speculation can always be difficult for players, but he’s back training and playing.”
Rodgers was then clear in his hope that the welcoming environment at Liverpool will convince Suarez to stay.
“The more he’s around the group, the more he’s around the great support here… And days like today, and during the tour – if ever anyone wanted to know the status of Liverpool Football Club they did while we were on tour and today.
“This is a remarkable football club and I don’t think you want to leave one of the biggest clubs in world football in a hurry. He knows that.” Rodgers was speaking after Steven Gerrard’s testimonial against Olympiakos on Saturday.
Luis Suarez came on as a substitute to rapturous applause from the Anfield crowd in the match against Olympiakos, to play alongside Anfield legend Robbie Fowler, who also came on in the second half. However, Suarez didn’t do anything to acknowledge the crowd, not even a little wave of his hand, and instead went about his job professionally. Suarez, who has been the subject of two bids from Arsenal, is reportedly considering putting in a written transfer to help accelerate his move to the Gunners. The case might even go into arbitration, since Suarez believes that he had a verbal agreement from Liverpool, who had agreed to sell Suarez for a bid in excess of £40 million, which was triggered by Arsenal’s £40m + £1 bid.