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Rodgers: Liverpool did everything to keep Suarez

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By Andrew Tuft

Thursday 17 July 2014

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted the club did everything they could to keep hold of Luis Suarez, who has signed for Barcelona, ESPN has reported.

Luis Suarez and Brendan Rodgers

Suarez’s move to Camp Nou was confirmed last week and Rodgers has said that once it became clear the Uruguay international, who is currently banned for four months from all football activity for biting Giorgio Chiellini, wanted to leave, there was little the Red could do.

“We did everything we could as a club to keep Luis,” Rodgers said. “He wanted to go and play in Spain, and unfortunately when a player no longer wants to play for you, we need as a club to look at it.

“It was his decision for him to go, he's gone to Barcelona, a club he wanted to play for and now we'll move on,” Rodgers continued. “I'm not sure if he would have gone regardless of the World Cup but I never felt that towards the end of the season

“Likewise he never said he would give us another year either. He had obviously signed a new deal so we had that. I think we have had great service out of Luis and it's one that we can't worry too much about now, it's done, it's gone and our focus is here.”

Suarez is said to have moved for a £75m fee with Rodgers now focused on replacing last season’s top scorer. “There is a lot of work going on with the recruitment team in terms of getting in the right player and I am sure we can identify that,” he said.

“This club and many other clubs have shown over a period of time you move on, and believe me, it will be a really exciting season for us.”

Suarez had been at Liverpool since January 2011 and in the midst of his third biting ban. He was in the middle of his first when moving to Anfield and missed the end of the 2012-13 season and the start of 2013-14 after biting Branislav Ivanovic.

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