Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has issued a warning to clubs interested in signing Luis Suarez this summer, insisting the striker is happy and settled on Merseyside.
Suarez has come under increasing speculation that he will leave the club this summer, following a series of controversial incidents and the club’s failure to get into the Champions League.
However, Rodgers fully expects Suarez to stay at the club this summer and sees him as a vitally important part of Liverpool’s progress up the league table.
Rodgers is quoted in The Mirror, “Every player has their price but there’s certainly no pressure for the club to sell him. We’re trying to build that bit of quality so he’s not for sale.”
“I don’t have any doubts there will be interest in him this summer, because he’s up there.
“There’s a small percentage of players who are world class and he’s in that bracket, so I don’t think it will be too dissimilar to when I first came in last summer, with clubs making their interest known.
“People will want to take him, but I think we all recognise how integral he is. The owners have been absolutely unequivocal in their resolve in terms of wanting to keep him.
“I had a meeting with the owners when they came over and talked about lots of stuff and that was one of them.”
Suarez will be banned for the first six games of the new league season when it gets underway in August, completing a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic last month.