Liverpool can’t let season be ruined by Suarez saga, says Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted the club will not let the summer’s Luis Suarez transfer saga ruin their Premier League campaign, the Guardian has reported.

Rodgers has now refused to speak about Suarez until he is available to play again – in late September, when the final game of his 10-game ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic has been served. But if Suarez was to have his way, he would not be a Liverpool player by that point, having spent much of the summer speaking of his desire to leave Anfield for a Champions League team.

Suarez accused Rodgers of breaking a promise to sell him this summer if the club was not in the Champions League, an accusation denied by Rodgers, and conflicting reports in the week about Suarez’s latest comments have clouded his future even further. A Uruguayan reporter claimed Suarez had said he was staying at Liverpool, but Suarez was then quoted in the Japanese press – where Uruguay had played a friendly – denying the comments.

Rodgers said: “There’s too much good work gone on here for it to be overtaken by anything else, adding: “The players have worked so hard, their concentration has been brilliant and we are all very determined this year. I can’t let anything detract from that. Nothing can sabotage what we are trying to do. I don’t really want to go on about it. It’s just something we cannot afford to happen.

Arsenal have had a series of offers for Suarez turned down – one of which saw a bid of £1 over £40m, intended to trigger a release clause in Suarez’s contract. But it transpired the clause said Liverpool only had to inform Suarez of the offer, not accept it, and it was duly rejected.

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