Arsenal must up bid for Suarez, says Liverpool boss Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers has told Arsenal that they must increase their bid for Luis Suarez if they are serious about signing the Uruguay international from Liverpool, Sky Sports has reported.

The Gunners have made two approaches so far for Suarez, the first a £35m offer that was turned down by the Reds, with the second weighing in at £40m+£1 – and Rodgers insists Arsenal have undervalued Suarez again. The manager added that even if Suarez does want to leave for the Emirates Stadium, any move is contingent on a fee being agreed.

If Arsenal want the player, then they have to produce the value for the player,” Rodgers said while on Liverpool’s tour of Australia. “There was an offer a few weeks ago of £35m and two weeks later it is now £40m and a pound – I don’t think it is anywhere near the value of what he is worth.

Rodgers continued: “But it is twofold, really. A player may want to go, but then somebody has to pay the value or worth of that player.

Suarez made a short appearance for Liverpool in their friendly win over Melbourne Victory on Wednesday and Rodgers called for Suarez to continue to act professionally while his future is uncertain. “There is no change for me or Luis. He is a paid player at Liverpool so he just needs to get on with getting fit. That is how it is,” the former Swansea boss said.

Until somebody tells me something different, that is what all my concentration will be on. There will be no games played at Liverpool. It may be a distraction but players are played enough money now to produce for their clubs and he just has to keep his professionalism, which he has done.

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