Rodgers: Liverpool did everything to keep Suarez
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said that the club did everything they could to keep hold of Luis Suarez, who is to join Barcelona, according to Football Espana.
Barca and Liverpool today confirmed an agreement for the transfer and Suarez is to travel to Spain next week for a medical and to finalise his contract, signing a five-year deal. The Uruguay international, currently banned from all football activity for four months by FIFA after biting Giorgio Chiellini, will be presented as a Barca player next week.
Rodgers said in a statement on Liverpool’s official website that the Reds didn’t want to sell Suarez but after speaking with the striker, it became clear he was very keen to leave.
“Luis is a very special talent and I thank him for the role he has played in the team in the past two years, during my time at Liverpool,” Rodgers said. “I think he would be the first to accept he has improved as a player over that period, along with the team and has benefited from being here, as we have benefited from him.
“The club have done all they can over a sustained period of time to try to keep Luis at Liverpool,” Rogers’ statement continued. “It is with great reluctance and following lengthy discussions we have eventually agreed to his wishes to move to Spain for new experiences and challenges.
“We wish him and his young family well. We will always consider them to be friends. We are focused on the future, as we strive to continue with the progress we have made and build on last season's excellent Premier League campaign.
“I am confident we will improve the team further and will be stronger for this coming season, when we will be competing on all fronts, domestically and in the greatest club competition in the world, the Champions League.
“If there is one thing the history of this great club teaches us, it is that Liverpool FC is bigger than any individual.
“I hope our supporters continue to dream and believe that we are moving forward and with continued improvement and progression, together we will bring the success we all crave and deserve.”
Suarez helped Liverpool to second place in last year’s Premier League, his highest finish as a Liverpool player after leaving Ajax for Merseyside in January 2011. He was previously banned for nine games for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, returning to action early last season.
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