Liverpool manager refusing to speak about Suarez until after his suspension

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Following Luis Suarez’s vow of silence on his transfer situation, his Liverpool manager is following suit.

Brendan Rodgers has told media he will no longer discuss his troubled striker until the player’s ten-match ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic is complete.

The suspension has six more games left, carrying over from last season.

“What I want to concentrate on is the players that are available for this weekend” said Rodgers. “I won’t be speaking any more about Luis Suarez until he’s available because the players that have been working so hard and focusing and concentrating to prepare for this game. For me and Luis it’s very simple.”

This is the perfect opportunity for Rodgers to kill two birds with one stone.  He gets to finally stop talking about Suarez (although you can bet the questions won’t stop coming) and also drops a subtle hint that Suarez will still be at Liverpool when his suspension is complete.

“There’s been so much written about him over the last few months and there’s been a standpoint at the club and that hasn’t changed” Rodgers continued. “Purely out of respect for the players I only want to speak about them. I don’t want to answer any more questions on Luis Suarez. There’s nothing to be said that hasn’t been said and I’m sure people are fed up listening to it to be honest.”

I think I know at least one readership base which will be happy with this news.

The Reds open play Saturday against Stoke at Anfield.