Brendan Rodgers says Luis Suarez is happy at Liverpool. Really?


Another new development has come in the Luis Suarez debacle, as Liverpool’s manager remains confident that Uruguayan international will stay at Anfield.

In fact, Brendan Rodgers is adamant.

Speaking to the local press in Liverpool, Rodgers declared that Suárez is happy and going nowhere.

“It’s a story that can keep running but for me there is no new news,” Rodgers said. “Luis is happy. He totally understands the club’s point of view. He’s in a difficult position in terms of not being able to play because of his suspension. He will sit out the first six games and he will miss playing football.”

And following those revelations that Suárez is indeed happy, Liverpool’s manager is also happy with the Uruguayan strikers contribution since he joined up with the Reds’ preseason tour.

(MORE: Wenger on Suarez, Arsenal not close to a deal but prepared to wait)

“He’s working hard and remains part of the group. He needs to get up to speed and we will continue to work to get all the players ready for the first game of the season.”

Now that Liverpool’s stance is firm and Suárez seems to have accepted he may not be going anywhere for quite some time, will all this rumors disappear for a few days, maybe weeks? Not a chance.

Expect to hear reports, about a report, that reported Suárez was seen in North London… when in fact he only popped out of his house in Liverpool to take the garbage out.

This is called silly season for a reason.

(MORE: A few words on Liverpool and Luis Suarez’ transfer value)

But hearing these comments from Rodgers does put any potential move for Suárez a few weeks away. Will Arsenal keep making bids? What about Chelsea? And have Real Madrid completely turned their attention away from the 26-year-old?

These are all questions you’ll have to ponder over the next few weeks because it seems like Suarez is going nowhere.

I think this saga will run all the way until the transfer window slams shut at the end of August. We all have that to look forward to…

Klopp’s Liverpool squad enthusiasm: “Everything is there”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09:  Jurgen Klopp is unveiled as the new manager of Liverpool FC during a press conference at Anfield on October 9, 2015 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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It isn’t Dortmund, but that’s a good thing for Liverpool.

Our own Joe Prince-Wright was on the scene for Jurgen Klopp’s unveiling as the latest Reds manager, and the 48-year-old German had a lot to say.

Perhaps most poignant for Liverpool fans are Klopp’s words on the talent he inherits from Brendan Rodgers. Sure there are quips that will hit the headlines, but how about Klopp’s assertion that success shouldn’t take nearly as long as his dramatic work at BVB.

From JPW on Merseyside:

“We did in Dortmund what we had to do, to improve the players, to work for a common idea of play. That is what we did and its the same thing we want to do here. They are not the same players of course,” Klopp told NBC Sports ProSoccerTalk. “These players from Liverpool are better, more experienced in some ways and younger in other cases. Everything is okay, I am here. I am not here only because LFC was calling. I believe in the potential of this team. Four or five strikers you can work with when they are not injured, midfielders is really good, defenders experienced and very young, goalkeeper is really good. Everything is there.”

Everything. A powerful word and one that doesn’t get lost in translation. Liverpool has a batch of world class talent, and Klopp’s is anxious to organize it in world class fashion. Strap in, Anfield.

CONCACAF Cup preview: Ultimate guide to USMNT vs Mexico

Beasley, and other US veterans, have been asked to take the young guys under their wing.
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So here we go: the biggest rivalry in U.S. Soccer, the one that sends fans racing for the stadia for a glimpse of history.

It’s the U.S. and Mexico for the right to go to the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, and it will play out at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night.

National pride is on the line, and national jobs may rightly be in jeopardy. Let’s swing through our coverage, and what’s at stake in just over 24 hours time.

The Battles

Who is the key to Saturday’s match? Is it Michael Bradley? Fabian Johnson? Andres Guardado? Will Klinsmann opt for players with Liga MX experience, stay Euro Heavy, or appease the domestic set? Read more here.

The XI

So how will Klinsmann line ’em up? JPW has his preference, some options, and a prediction of what the manager will do.

The history

What are the chances this one finds its way into the upper echelon of matches in the Mexico/U.S. rivalry? This is the company it could join.

Klinsmann’s future

The folks in the anti-Klinsmann brigade seethe with pure detestation of the USMNT boss. Any quote from him is self-serving and dishonest, any success accidental. Beat Germany or the Netherlands in friendlies on the road? Coincidental and Unimportant. Lose a friendly to Brazil? The worst thing ever.

[ MORE: The case for firing Klinsmann after a loss ]

So this match, being meaningful and testing his unbeaten mark vs Mexico, is going to be a clarion call for U.S. Soccer fans. Barring a cataclysmic loss in horrific blowout fashion, he won’t be canned. But a win will be validation for his supporters while a loss would cue a genuine hot seat. And for his detractors, already foaming at the mouth from the words of icon Landon Donovan? Kablammo.