Suarez dispute must be resolved, says Liverpool boss Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that the relationship between the club and unsettled striker Luis Suarez must be mended – but the Uruguayan must apologise first – reports the Guardian.

Suarez has been asked to train alone after a series of provocative comments to the media in which he has expressed his desire to leave the club, and claimed that he had an agreement with Liverpool that he could leave if they failed to make the top four in 2012/13. Arsenal have had two bids rejected for the 26-year-old rejected, including one of £40m plus £1.

Reds owner John Henry has vowed not to sell Suarez, and Rodgers hopes the dispute between player and club can be resolved. He said: “If we have got to sit and wait, then so be it. But this is a club that has got great values, and we hope that the situation can be resolved amicably, and I am sure it will be.

There has been a lot said and a lot reported, and we have made a stance, as a club and as a manager, of the commitment and the standards required. If you don’t have that commitment and those standards then you won’t play. It’s as simple as that.

Suarez joined Liverpool in January 2011, and has gone on to score 51 goals in 96 games in all competitions.

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