Rodgers: Liverpool did everything to keep Suarez

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted the club did everything they could to keep hold of Luis Suarez, who has signed for Barcelona, ESPN has reported.

Suarez’s move to Camp Nou was confirmed last week and Rodgers has said that once it became clear the Uruguay international, who is currently banned for four months from all football activity for biting Giorgio Chiellini, wanted to leave, there was little the Red could do.

“We did everything we could as a club to keep Luis,” Rodgers said. “He wanted to go and play in Spain, and unfortunately when a player no longer wants to play for you, we need as a club to look at it.

“It was his decision for him to go, he’s gone to Barcelona, a club he wanted to play for and now we’ll move on,” Rodgers continued. “I’m not sure if he would have gone regardless of the World Cup but I never felt that towards the end of the season

“Likewise he never said he would give us another year either. He had obviously signed a new deal so we had that. I think we have had great service out of Luis and it’s one that we can’t worry too much about now, it’s done, it’s gone and our focus is here.”

Suarez is said to have moved for a £75m fee with Rodgers now focused on replacing last season’s top scorer. “There is a lot of work going on with the recruitment team in terms of getting in the right player and I am sure we can identify that,” he said.

“This club and many other clubs have shown over a period of time you move on, and believe me, it will be a really exciting season for us.”

Suarez had been at Liverpool since January 2011 and in the midst of his third biting ban. He was in the middle of his first when moving to Anfield and missed the end of the 2012-13 season and the start of 2013-14 after biting Branislav Ivanovic.

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Rodgers: Liverpool did everything to keep Suarez

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said that the club did everything they could to keep hold of Luis Suarez, who is to join Barcelona, according to Football Espana.

Barca and Liverpool today confirmed an agreement for the transfer and Suarez is to travel to Spain next week for a medical and to finalise his contract, signing a five-year deal. The Uruguay international, currently banned from all football activity for four months by FIFA after biting Giorgio Chiellini, will be presented as a Barca player next week.

Rodgers said in a statement on Liverpool’s official website that the Reds didn’t want to sell Suarez but after speaking with the striker, it became clear he was very keen to leave.

“Luis is a very special talent and I thank him for the role he has played in the team in the past two years, during my time at Liverpool,” Rodgers said. “I think he would be the first to accept he has improved as a player over that period, along with the team and has benefited from being here, as we have benefited from him.

“The club have done all they can over a sustained period of time to try to keep Luis at Liverpool,” Rogers’ statement continued. “It is with great reluctance and following lengthy discussions we have eventually agreed to his wishes to move to Spain for new experiences and challenges.

“We wish him and his young family well. We will always consider them to be friends. We are focused on the future, as we strive to continue with the progress we have made and build on last season’s excellent Premier League campaign.

“I am confident we will improve the team further and will be stronger for this coming season, when we will be competing on all fronts, domestically and in the greatest club competition in the world, the Champions League.

“If there is one thing the history of this great club teaches us, it is that Liverpool FC is bigger than any individual.

“I hope our supporters continue to dream and believe that we are moving forward and with continued improvement and progression, together we will bring the success we all crave and deserve.”

Suarez helped Liverpool to second place in last year’s Premier League, his highest finish as a Liverpool player after leaving Ajax for Merseyside in January 2011. He was previously banned for nine games for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, returning to action early last season.

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