Luis Suárez to talk with Arsenal, despite Liverpool rejecting bid

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Luis Suarez will hold talks with Liverpool’s Premier League rivals Arsenal… but Liverpool have no intention of selling their star striker.

The Reds are holding out for a transfer fee in excess of $75 million, after Arsenal allegedly triggered a clause in Suárez’ contract by offering just £1 pound over the £40 million fee needed for them to speak to the Uruguayan international.

Clever boy Arsene Wenger, very clever indeed.

Apparently the cheeky offer from the Gunners meant Suárez had to be notified of the bid and he now wants to hear what Arsenal can offer him.

However, the transfer fee remains the main stumbling block as Liverpool aren’t budging over their valuation of Suárez.

Is he really worth $75 million. In a word: yes.

Suárez’s talents on the field are undoubted and Arsenal certainly need a game-changer, which is something they’ve been severely lacking since Robin van Persie departed last summer. The 26-year-old Uruguayan has scored 51  goals in 96 since joining Liverpool, has 31 goals in 62 games for Uruguay and scored 49 goals in 48 games at Ajax before joining the Reds.

But don’t expect Arsenal to pay $75 million, perhaps a compromise of $65 million could be agreed.

His record as a poacher in and around the box is sensational. Just this morning we got to see that first-hand, as Suárez played his part in Liverpool’s second goal against the Melbourne Victory in Australia. A delightful jinxing run and cross set up Iago Aspas for a tap in. Will we see that in Arsenal colors next season?

(MORE: John W Henry slams Arsenal’s new Suárez bid via Twitter)

Not if Liverpool’s owner John W Henry has anything to do with it. The American businessmen lashed out at Arsenal’s Suárez bid via Twitter this morning, saying “What do you think they’re smoking over there at Emirates?”

Unimpressed with Arsenal’s tactics would sum it Henry’s mindset, that’s putting it mildly. Welcome to the cut and thrust of the Premier League, John. No mercy is shown when it comes to trying to snatch away top talent from your rivals.

But has Arsenal’s cheeky bid actually done them any good at all? The chances are that Liverpool certainly don’t want to do business with them now, and if they do they’ll rise the price up considerably.

An initial smart move by Arsenal may have backfired spectacularly. But the fact that Suárez wants to talk to them about leaving Anfield leaves Liverpool in an impossible situation.

Once and for all, it is time for Suárez to move on. Arsenal, Real Madrid, Chelsea…whoever, just get this over with.

WATCH: Knee slide celebration goes face plant for RSL’s Mulholland

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We’d ask Luke Mulholland to take a bow, but we’re unsure how that would turn out.

The Englishman celebrated his 16th Real Salt Lake goal with a knee slide turned face plant on Sunday, and it was immediately clear he shared in the laughter it caused at Rio Tinto and on screens around the world.

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Mulholland helped RSL continued it’s improbable red-hot run into the playoff picture with his third goal of the season on Saturday night against Seattle with a run in front of a defender to punch home a cross.

On his way to the corner flag for a nice slide, the pitch decided to rebel against his knees and sent him face-first into the Earth.

WATCH LIVE: Brighton hosts Newcastle United

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Newcastle United looks to continue its rich vein of form when it visits some old friends at Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday (Watch live, 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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Brighton manager Chris Hughton has led both clubs to Premier League promotion during his managerial career.

He’ll keep ex-Newcastle keeper Tim Krul on the bench in favor of Australian backstop Mathew Ryan.

As for Newcastle, the Magpies are unchanged from last week’s win over Stoke City.

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Brighton and Hove Albion: Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner; Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, March; Gross; Hemed. Subs: Krul, Rosenior, Huenemeier, Schelotto, Izquierdo, Murphy, Brown.

Newcastle United: Elliot; Mbemba, Clark, Lascelles, Yedlin; Ritchie, Hayden, Merino, Atsu; Perez, JoseluSubs: Darlow, Gamez, Manquillo, Diame, Murphy, Shelvey, Gayle.

Steven Gerrard didn’t want any part of Coutinho in training

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Steven Gerrard has issued some fairly hilarious comments regarding former Liverpool teammate Philippe Coutinho.

The Premier League legend admits there were days in training that the sight of the Brazilian wizard on the other side of the pitch made him lash out.

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It seems Gerrard wanted nothing to do with marking Coutinho in small-sided games, and the idea of “Stevie G” spouting off in frustration when Brendan Rodgers posted Coutinho across from him is a wonderful mental picture.

From The Liverpool Echo:

“He’s impossible to defend against,” Gerrard told BT Sport after Saturday’s game.

“I mean when I used to train against him, I’d hate it if I was on the opposite five-a-side team. I wouldn’t go near him. And sometimes I’d say to him: ‘Keep away from me! He can embarrass you [as a defender]. He can stand you up, he can both ways, he’s got such a low centre of gravity. He’s sharp, he’s quick and he’s two or three steps ahead of defenders. He’s so, so clever.”

Again, the vision of Gerrard throwing his hands up with a “Nope, not having this today” is amazing. Even if exaggerated, we love it. We picture that old meme with the office worked tossing papers through the air.

Patience with Hodgson required by Palace

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Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is 0-2 in his new gig and the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t exactly within touching distance.

The latest defeat is a 5-0 blowout at Manchester City, and the immediate road ahead is sobering: at Manchester United and home to Chelsea. Following a trip to Newcastle, who is in form, the Eagles have matches vs. West Ham, at Spurs, and versus Everton.

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Palace is 0-6 overall and the first team in the history of the Premier League to go goalless through its first six matches.

Palace fired Frank De Boer after four league matches and a summer in which the club failed to add much to its squad.

And Hodgson is feeling his way through the dark. Perhaps the most difficult aspect of this is the timing of Palace’s change.

From the BBC:

“I am learning about the team all the time and they are learning,” said Hodgson.

“Our focus has to be in May. By the latter part of the season the players must know what we are looking for. They should feel stronger by then.”

To be shooting for May has to be overwhelming for the Selhurst Park faithful but may indicate their most reasonable promise of life in the Premier League.

Palace fans cannot afford to get caught up in how Sam Allardyce saved them a year ago, because his turnaround coincided with the Eagles’ purchases of Luka MilivojevicMamadou Sakho, and Patrick Van Aanholt. An influx of talent does not save a season alone, but we’re fairly sure Alan Pardew would’ve relished the chance to work with two new backs and a stabilizing center midfielder.

Remember that Allardyce then retired, which says something given his willingness to bask in any light in which he can claim a modicum of credit.

So Hodgson, known for his relentless training methods, needs to be given his time. Palace will likely have at-most one point after the next two PL matches, and they may have not scored yet. History can be daunting, but supporters need to exhale and realize the road ahead is long.