Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that the club did not take Arsenal’s summer bid for Luis Suarez seriously at all, reports The
The Uruguayan international was vociferous about his desire to leave Anfield following what he believed was vilification from the British media, but Gunners manager Arsene Wenger hoped to land the pacy forward.
Wenger launched an official bid of £40m-plus-£1 for Suarez, believing that any offer in excess of £40m would trigger a release clause in the player’s contract.
Ultimately, Suarez remained at Anfield and appears to be enjoying his football again, but Rodgers admits to finding some amusement in the north Londoner’s official advances.
When asked about the bid, Rodgers said: “To be honest, we laughed. We were away at the time on the pre-season tour when I saw the bid in writing. I think Arsenal were ill-advised on that, to say the least.
“Arsenal as a football club always had great integrity historically and so, when that bid came through, I can only say it was one of the worst pieces of information they ever received, from whoever. It was never going to succeed but, of course, you do have to chance your arm.”
Wenger, meanwhile, has also admitted that his club’s approach was “not the most subtle thing they have ever done”, but reiterates that the approach was not intended to be of a provocative nature.
Liverpool take on Arsenal at the Emirates for the first time since the debacle on Saturday afternoon.
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