Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been outspoken about the club’s ongoing struggle with wantaway striker Luis Suarez.
He’s remained confident of their stance on refusing to capitulate to Suarez’s demands of a departure, and says the Uruguayan must accept that he’s not leaving.
Once that happens, it will be like nothing happened, says the manager.
“Luis has fought for his life for Liverpool” said Rodgers. “There will come a point where he’ll recognise the club is not going to sell and the he goes onto the pitch and he’ll give 100 per cent. He’s a world class striker. I’ve got no question that when he’s back he’ll have a similar impact [to last season].”
This is a bit of a step down from Rodgers’ reaction to Suarez’s comments in The Guardian, to which Rodgers promised to take “strong, decisive action” against Suarez.
That action was to force Luis to train on his own, but it seems Rodgers has cooled off a bit and is back to his usual task of playing the bigger man.
“Luis is training on his own and he understands totally where we’re coming from,” Rodgers said. “It’s been a difficult period for him but it’s my job to protect the group. Once he’s back with the spirit he’ll rejoin the group. We’re quite calm. The club is in control of the situation. We’ve got no inclination to sell and we’ve been strong on that.
Just earlier today Liverpool owner John Henry said that Suarez wouldn’t be sold, but that it was more due to the fact that there isn’t much time left to replace him. With the transfer window closing September 2nd, the Reds would have less than a month to replace the massive talent Suarez brings to the pitch.
Suarez told The Guardian he intends to hand in a transfer request but has not done so yet. Many speculate that the 26-year-old has not done so yet due to a clause in his contract that offers him a cut of any transfer fee garnered by Liverpool for his services, which an official transfer request would void.