Liverpool boss Rodgers criticises Arsenal conduct in Suarez approach

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has accused Arsenal of lacking class for the way in which they attempted to force the Reds into selling Luis Suarez, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Arsenal have pursued Suarez for much of the summer after he revealed he wanted to leave Anfield, but Liverpool have remained steadfast in their refusal to countenance a sale. The Gunners attempted to force Liverpool’s hand by triggering what they believed to be a £40m release clause – by offering £40 and £1 – but Liverpool claimed the clause only meant they had to inform Suarez of the offer, not accept it.

And the offer itself has raised the ire of Rodgers, who said after Liverpool beat Olympiakos in a testimonial for Steven Gerrard: “I have to admit I was surprised by their bid of £40m and £1… I always associated Arsenal as a club with class.

There may be playing a game there, but we will just move on and do our own work, and the message is constant: we do not want to sell,” Rodgers continued. He added that he is sure Arsenal will eventually give up on Suarez, if Liverpool’s stance – that he is not for sale – remained the same.

I think there will become a point when they will understand that,” Rodgers said. “They have an interest and put that interest in with two bids that is nowhere near where what Luis would be worth. That is within their right, there is a market for players, but our message is constant.

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