Liverpool manager urges Luis Suarez not to join Arsenal
Brendan Rodgers is clearly enjoying the battle to keep Luis Suarez at Anfield this summer, with the Liverpool boss claiming that a move to Arsenal would essentially represent a backward step in the player’s career.
July 26th, 2013
Suarez has landed in Thailand with his Reds team-mates as part of their pre-season tour and Rodgers expects his star forward to remain with Liverpool who he has described as one of the biggest clubs in the world despite a fall from grace in recent seasons.
“I know what we are trying to build and grow, so why would you swap Liverpool to go to Arsenal?” the Liverpool manager said.
“I am not sure that it adds up, to be honest. Arsenal has a wonderful history in its own right but Liverpool is one of the biggest clubs in the world. OK, we might not be in the Champions League and haven’t been for a while now but our competitors have grown around us and we have to step up to the challenge now.”
Liverpool’s valuation of £50m has not been met, nor are Arsenal likely to increase their £40,000,001 offer by the requisite £10m which would be enough to secure the player’s signature.
Rodgers added: “Would it be a mistake for Luis to leave? 100%. The team was built around Luis last season. I made some big calls to get the team to work in a way to suit his strengths and it is no coincidence he had a great season apart from the end bit. We would love to have him to continue the next phase.
“It is difficult for Luis, I understand that. If a team wants you, it can be difficult. But I am not sure many teams will have done what we have done in the last couple of games. I am sure Luis will have seen the sheer size and status of the club, so we’ll just see how it goes. It is not something we want to run on too long.”