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Real Madrid back in for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez

Liverpool are bracing themselves from a last minute bid for Luis Suarez from the Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Suarez tried to engineer a move away out of Anfield to Arsenal, but the London club have pulled out due to Liverpool’s reluctance to sell to their rivals.

Now, though, Liverpool are preparing to brace themselves for a bid from Real Madrid for their star striker Luis Suarez.

Arsenal made a bid of 40,000,001, which was nowhere near the Reds valuation of the player, and now Arsenal have pulled out of the race to sign Suarez. But Real Madrid have re-entered the race to sign the Uruguayan, and are on the lookout for a new striker after losing Gonzalo Higuain.

Suarez has stated before that he is keen on a move to Real Madrid, stating that they will be hard to turn down and that he is keen to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.

Liverpool are reluctant to sell their striker to anyone due to their not being long left in the transfer window now, and if Suarez were to leave the figure would have to be at least 50million before Liverpool even consider letting him go.

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Rodgers: Suarez will train alone until he accepts he is not leaving

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has given Suarez an emphatic statement by making Suarez train alone, until he regains the right mindset.

Rodgers has also reiterated his desire to keep Suarez at the club and proclaimed that ‘Suarez must accept that he is not leaving.’

Asked for an update on the mindset of the 26-year-old and how long he could train alone, the Northern Irishman said: “Obviously Luis is training on his own at the moment and he understands totally where we’re coming from.

“We’re in no great rush, to be honest. I needed to make a decision in terms of the wellbeing of the group. The training through pre-season has been absolutely magnificent. The mentality of the players. I just couldn’t afford to break that.

“But when the time comes, we’ll come in and speak and once he’s ready to train how he’s always done we’ll put him back in the group.

“It’s been a difficult period for him but it’s my job to protect the group and the football club. Once he’s back in line with the spirit that everyone knows of him, and the commitment, then he’ll rejoin the group.

“It’s obviously been a difficult few days for him but he knows where we stand as a football club.”

Liverpool owner John Henry has backed Rodgers with the stance the club has taken, insisting that Suarez will not be sold to their rivals or abroad for that matter as Liverpool do not have enough time to find a suitable replacement.

Rodgers added: “We’re quite calm. The club is in control of the situation.

“The ownership have been brilliant. They’ve been quite adamant and clear and have supported our intention of wanting to keep him.

“Luis has got three years left of his contract and he’s a player we don’t want to sell. He’s a player who’s valued very highly around the world and someone who we made a conscious effort last season to build the team around – and he had a fantastic season.

“We’ve got no inclination to sell and we’ve been strong on that point, and we’ll continue to be. And especially to a team that is a rival to us.

“We don’t feel like we’re fighting a losing battle. He’s a contracted player for Liverpool and I’m fairly confident he’ll remain that.

“Luis, since I’ve known him, has fought for his life for Liverpool. There will come a point where he’ll recognise the club is not going to sell and, from what I know about him, once that time comes and he has his head around it, then the minute he goes onto the training field and the pitch, he gives nothing less than 100 per cent.

“That’s why it’s difficult in this moment, because that’s not the point where he is at. That commitment that I’ve seen every day and the Liverpool supporters have seen is not quite there yet, but I’ve got every confidence that once he’s fit and available then he’ll be giving everything.

“This guy’s a world-class striker. His passion and love for football – he’s at his happiest when he’s on the training field and playing games. I have absolutely no question that once he’s back and available for games, you’ll see a similar impact [to last season].”

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Liverpool owner John Henry: It would be ‘ludicrous’ to sell Suarez to Arsenal

Liverpool’s owner has issued a defiant statement to any interested parties for Luis Suarez by declaring ‘Luis Suarez is not for sale.’

Suarez has been told to train alone by Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers as the Reds take a firm stance over the Uruguayan’s conduct.

“We are not going to sell Luis,” Henry told various newspapers. “It’s very important [not to sell to a rival], but especially for Liverpool because we’re not in Europe this year.”

Henry goes on to state it would be ‘ludicrous’ to sell to one of Liverpool’s biggest rivals in Arsenal, but also claims it would be hard to find a replacement with this short time remaining in the transfer window.

Arsenal have already had two offers rejected by Liverpool, with the latest being a 40,000,001 bid which they thought would trigger a release clause in Suarez’s contract.

The PFA have confirmed that there is no such release clause in Suarez’s contract, it just merely means Liverpool have to notify Suarez of any offers that have been made over 40million.

With less than four weeks to go before the transfer window closes Henry is adamant that Liverpool will not sell to a overseas club either.

“He won’t be sold even if a foreign club comes in because we do not have time to sign a suitable replacement,” he said.

“It’s not about finances. So late in the window… we can’t replace him. So for football reasons we can’t sell, and especially to Arsenal.”

Henry claims that Suarez and his agent Pere Guardiola were informed that any deal for Suarez to leave Liverpool had to be completed early on in the transfer window, giving manager Brendan Rodgers suitable time to be able to invest in a replacement.

“We made that clear early-on,” added Henry. “I think the issue has been resolved now. We have said ‘no’. Luis will be a Liverpool player on 3 September [the day after the transfer window closes].”

Rodgers has sent Suarez to train alone at the moment as he has said that ‘Suarez has shown a complete disrespect of Liverpool Football Club.’ Asked whether or not he could see Suarez in a Liverpool shirt again, Henry replied: “That’s going to be between the manager and player.

“The manager is upset, as he should be, the supporters are upset, Luis is, but that’s going to be between those two and his team-mates. We need Luis. Hopefully this will pass.”

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Rodgers: Suarez has crossed the line and will now train alone

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has banished Uruguayan star Luis Suarez to train alone after a complete ‘lack of respect for Liverpool Football Club.’

The disgraced striker will now train alone after lacklustre  performances in pre-season and training, as well as his astonishing interview where he revealed he felt let down after what he felt were ‘broken promises.’

Brendan Rodgers and the owners of Liverpool are said to be furious with Luis Suarez after his explosive interview.

Feelings are running so high that Liverpool owner John Henry has vowed ‘never to sell Suarez to Arsenal.’

The South American has accused Brendan Rodgers and Ian Ayre of ‘lying’, but Rodgers insisted he is so angry not just because of the personal attack, but the total disrespect of Liverpool FC and the fans. Both with his comments and his attitude in training and games.

Brendan Rodgers is so furious that he admits that bridges will have to be crossed before Suarez can put on a Liverpool shirt ever again, even if he remains at Anfield.

Liverpool have vowed they will not sell Suarez to one of their main rivals for the coming season in Arsenal, who will be told to back off by Liverpool.

The only way Suarez will put on a Liverpool shirt again is if he makes a public apology.

“I will take strong, decisive action, absolutely. There has been total disrespect of the club – this is a lack of respect of a club that has given him everything. Absolutely everything,” Rodgers insisted after a friendly win over Valerenga here in Norway.

“There were no promises made – categorically none – and no promises broken. Obviously, the remarks I’ve read, it is bitterly disappointing – but my job is bigger than that. My job is to fight and protect the club.

“We have a standard at Liverpool and I will fight for my life to retain it. The Liverpool Way is all about being committed to the cause and fighting for the shirt. It’s also about dignity and being dignified in how you speak about the club. And it’s about unity.

“If anyone steps outside of those values then I have to deal with it.”

The Reds boss believes that Suarez has forfeited the right to train with the rest of the squad, as he has isolated himself from the rest of the squad in training.

There has reportedly been real anger in the squad as off yet, as because of the unsettling effect Suarez is having on the rest of the squad in the build up to the start of the season.

Suarez did not help himself when he did not turn up to Steven Gerrard’s testimonial meal, while the rest of the squad did turn up. Rodgers has revealed that Suarez will have to show remorse to the rest of the team to find a way back.

“Is there a way back? We first of all need to assess where it’s at at this moment things have been said that are derogatory against the football club and his team-mates and the supporters,” he added.

“There’s a few bridges to cross before that can happen (play for LFC again). It’s about the respect, that’s the only thing we look for. This is one of the most iconic football clubs in the world, you can’t disrespect it.

“That’s something I will ensure before anything happens in the future. That bridge will need to be crossed.”

Henry and his fellow owner Tom Werner have backed Rodgers’ stance to the hilt, and privately they have indicated they are furious with the player… and determined to stop him forcing a move to Arsenal.

Liverpool are supremely confident there is no clause in his contract allowing him to leave – a view corroborated by PFA chief Gordon Taylor on Wednesday – and if Suarez is to be sold, then it will have to be to another club.

Rodgers though, insisted he has no need to sell, despite the player’s comments:

“The reality is we don’t want to sell Luis Suarez, it’s as simple as that. He is important for what we are trying to do. There have been a couple of offers but no promises broken – that’s the reality.

“I don’t believe there is a clause in his contract that says he can leave for any sort of price.

“I will deal with it.

“We can understand if he wants to play in the Champions League – but that doesn’t mean we’ve broken any promise.

“What we are trying to do now is get the correct value for a player, but we know we don’t have to sell him.’

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Suarez: Liverpool should let me leave, just like they promised

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has pleaded with Liverpool to allow him to leave Anfield as he seeks Champions League football.

Liverpool have already rejected two bids from Arsenal for Luis Suarez, with the latest being 40million and 1 pound. But Liverpool are adamant they will not sell to their main rivals for the top four next season in Arsenal.

Suarez has told both the Guardian and the Telegraph that Liverpool ‘promised’ to let him leave if they did not make the Champions League.

“I gave absolutely everything last season, now all I want is for Liverpool to honour our agreement,” he said.

“Last year I had the opportunity to move to a big European club and I stayed on the understanding that if we failed to qualify for the Champions League the following season I’d be allowed to go.”

Suarez has not travelled with the Reds for their pre-season tip to Norway due to a foot injury he received in training on Tuesday.

“I am 26, I need to be playing in the Champions League. I feel I have done enough to be playing in the Champions League at this stage of my career. Now there is an option for me to do that and I want very much to take it,” he said.

“I don’t feel betrayed but the club promised me something a year ago just as I promised them that I would stay and try everything possible to get us into the Champions League.”

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Lucas: Gerrard the best player in the world

Steven Gerrard helped Liverpool claim their fifth European Cup at Istanbul in 2005 and the Liverpool and England skipper would comfortably claim a starting berth in the five time world champions Brazil’s squad according to Lucas Leiva.

Liverpool supporters will honour the Huyton born midfielder this weekend when Liverpool play Olmpiakos in Gerrard’s testimonial match.

Lucas has graced the field with some Brazilian superstars of the calibre of Ronaldinho, but no teammate matches the ability of Reds number eight Steven Gerrard in the 26-year-olds eyes.

Asked if the Liverpool skipper would fit in with the samba style, Lucas told LFC TV: “Definitely – he would be one of the starters, of course.

“He has been a world-class player for many years. Everyone that speaks about him, and players from Brazil, rate him very highly.

“He’s probably the best, I would say the most complete player. I had the chance to play with Ronaldinho and other magic players but Stevie has everything.

“He is able to score goals but he can still defend very well. I think he is the best midfielder I have played with. When I came here very young, I was lucky to be able to watch him a lot and learn.

“It’s a different style of play but you can still learn a lot from him, and I’m still learning to be honest.”

Steven Gerrard has been Liverpool captain for a decade now and has become the clubs longest serving skipper in Liverpool’s illustrious career.

Lucas has played alongside Gerrard for six years now and there is a deep level of respect between the two men.

The No.21 continued: “It doesn’t matter what you need to do to be able to perform and to win – that’s his message every day.

“He has been in difficult moments with injuries, and low points, but he always gets his head down and works really hard to get back. That’s what I take from him.

“He does everything he can to be in the right shape and able to perform well – we can see when he doesn’t think that he has performed well, he really shows us.

“That means that he is a winner and he wants to win every single time.

“We can see what he has achieved. I was lucky to get the best years of Stevie at the club probably. He has been brilliant during his whole career for Liverpool and it is a well-deserved testimonial.

“But he still has the hunger to train and that’s what players should look at. He is what Liverpool is about; a winner with the right mentality.

“That’s what the club always tries to look for, players with a winning mentality and a lot of passion for the club.”

Steven Gerrard helped Liverpool claim their fifth European Cup at Istanbul in 2005 and the Liverpool and England skipper would comfortably claim a starting berth in the five time world champions Brazil according to Lucas Leiva.

Liverpool supporters will honour the Huyton born midfielder this weekend when Liverpool play Olmpiakos in Gerrard’s testimonial match.

Lucas has graced the field with some Brazilian superstars of the calibre of Ronaldinho, but no teammate matches the ability of Reds number eight Steven Gerrard in the 26-year-olds eyes.

Asked if the Liverpool skipper would fit in with the samba style, Lucas told LFC TV: “Definitely – he would be one of the starters, of course.

“He has been a world-class player for many years. Everyone that speaks about him, and players from Brazil, rate him very highly.

“He’s probably the best, I would say the most complete player. I had the chance to play with Ronaldinho and other magic players but Stevie has everything.

“He is able to score goals but he can still defend very well. I think he is the best midfielder I have played with. When I came here very young, I was lucky to be able to watch him a lot and learn.

“It’s a different style of play but you can still learn a lot from him, and I’m still learning to be honest.”

Steven Gerrard has been Liverpool captain for a decade now and has become the clubs longest serving skipper in Liverpool’s illustrious career.

Lucas has played alongside Gerrard for six years now and there is a deep level of respect between the two men.

The No.21 continued: “It doesn’t matter what you need to do to be able to perform and to win – that’s his message every day.

“He has been in difficult moments with injuries, and low points, but he always gets his head down and works really hard to get back. That’s what I take from him.

“He does everything he can to be in the right shape and able to perform well – we can see when he doesn’t think that he has performed well, he really shows us.

“That means that he is a winner and he wants to win every single time.

“We can see what he has achieved. I was lucky to get the best years of Stevie at the club probably. He has been brilliant during his whole career for Liverpool and it is a well-deserved testimonial.

“But he still has the hunger to train and that’s what players should look at. He is what Liverpool is about; a winner with the right mentality.

“That’s what the club always tries to look for, players with a winning mentality and a lot of passion for the club.”

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Reina’s letter to Liverpool fans in full

Liverpool have confirmed earlier today that Pepe Reina, who has been at the club for eight years, has moved to Napoli on a season long loan deal.

Here is Reina’s letter to Liverpool fans in full.

It is a strange feeling for me to think that next season I will not be a Liverpool player. For the past eight years, that is all I have known. The club, the staff, the city, the people and the supporters have played a massive part in my life.

Liverpool is special in a way that only those who are lucky enough to experience the club close up can understand. It has given me memories that will live with me forever and friendships that will last just as long.

But more than anything else, it has given me an understanding of what it is like to play for the most wonderful English club.

I may not have won as many trophies and medals as I would have liked since joining in 2005 but the experiences I have been a part of are as important as any silverware.

I now understand how supporters can lift a team and inspire them to do special things. I appreciate that there is something unique about Anfield and the atmosphere it creates.

I believe that anything is possible no matter what the situation is because at Liverpool there is no such thing as a lost cause. And I have been humbled by the fight for justice for the 96 which showed me that the Liverpool people will always fight for what they believe in.

I know that I have been blessed to be part of a Club like that and I hope that in return I have always given my best and represented Liverpool in the right way.

There have been good times and bad times but no matter what the situation has been I hope that my passion has been clear.

I have been asked what my favourite Liverpool moment was and if I had to pick one it wouldn’t be a save or winning a trophy.

It would be my celebration against Manchester United when David Ngog scored a late goal. That is probably the quickest I have ever run in my life!

It shows what playing for Liverpool meant to me and also that there was nothing better than winning a big game at Anfield.

I used to look at the Kop when we scored those kind of goals in big games and I would be jealous of the supporters going crazy. If the closest I will get to that is running the length of the pitch and jumping on my team mates backs then that will do for me.

Obviously, I won’t be able to do that next season but I hope that the supporters and my team mates will be able to enjoy many more moments like that.

They deserve the best of times and it would give me so much pleasure to see Liverpool back where they belong, challenging for trophies and getting back into the top four.

That was where the club was when I first arrived and although I am leaving a different club, one with new owners, a new manager, new players and new challenges, I honestly believe that Liverpool can reach those levels again.

I am disappointed that I will not be part of that and although it was not my decision to leave I will accept it just like I have always accepted any decision that Liverpool have taken for me.

They signed me, picked me, gave me some of the best experiences of my life and looked after me. If they feel that the best thing for me and for them is for me to go on loan to Napoli for a season then so be it.

Napoli is a new challenge for me and I know that the fans are just as passionate about their team as the Liverpool fans, so I am really looking forward to playing for them this season and I will give my all.

But if I have one regret, it is the way that I am leaving. It is only natural that I would be disappointed that the Liverpool management agreed to loan me to Napoli without telling me first, I thought that I deserved better than that even though I understand that difficult decisions have to be taken in football.

A lot has been made about me informing the club that if an offer came in from Barcelona that I would have liked them to consider it.

But I had also spoken to the club about the possibility of extending my contract if the offer was not made. I told the manager that I wanted to play for Liverpool and that Barcelona would only become an option for me if the opportunity arrived, like the rumours said it would, as it would be a chance for me to go back home.

When it didn’t come I was happy to fight for my place so I was surprised that Liverpool decided it was in the club´s interests to send me to Napoli instead.

None of this will change my feelings for the club or the people in any way and now I have to look forward to a new challenge with Rafa Benitez, who I consider to be the best manager I have worked with, and I am fortunate to be going from one great club to another.

Napoli remind me in many ways of the Liverpool I found in 2005, in all the affection they have shown me on my arrival, in having an ambitious project, even in coinciding and working with Benitez again…This memory which in part unites me with you, makes me happy and feel very motivated to begin this new project.

This is my chance to say thank you to everyone for everything that you have given to me and to my family. My children consider Liverpool to be their home and hopefully their love for the city and also for the club will only grow while we are away.

I would have liked to have been able to say goodbye in a different way but because of the way the move came about this was not possible.

Maybe in the near future I can do it properly so that I can show my appreciation to you but all I would ask now is that you keep on inspiring the manager and the players just like you always have done and help Liverpool to become the club that you deserve once again.

I would like nothing better than to come back at the end of my year away and for Liverpool to be back where they belong.

Thank you for everything. Good luck. I will see you soon.

Thanks for the great service Pepe. YNWA!!!

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Rodgers: Suarez will remain at Liverpool

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is certain Suarez will remain at Liverpool, unless ‘something drastic happens.’

Liverpool have rejected a bid from Arsenal for 30million and Rodgers is adamant that he will remain at Anfield with Steven Gerrard, who signed a 2 contract extension earlier this week.

“He is a wonderful player and he is still very much a Liverpool player. No matter who the player is, nobody is bigger than Liverpool Football Club,” said Rodgers.

“‘Luis is a very important member of this squad and I am looking forward to working with him again this season.

“There has been lots of speculation about Luis moving to another club but, as I said, he is very much a Liverpool player.

“We had an offer that was nowhere near what we value him at. Of course he wants to work and play at the top level.

“But unless something drastic happens, he will be staying here. He has got three years left on his contract.”

As for the season ahead, Rodgers is confident that Liverpool can challenge for the top four this in the 2013/14 season ahead.

“The Champions League is a competition we’re fighting to get in,” he added.

“The great name of Liverpool as a club and the history of the club dictate that we should be in that competition. There’s no other measure for us.

“The challenge is very difficult because of the competitors now in England. We have to continue to fight.

“It was very difficult for us last season with a new infrastructure and a new way of working and playing, but I believe this season we can put up a great fight.

“Let’s hope we can get back to where the club belongs.”

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Downing wants Liverpool stay

Liverpool winger Stewart Downing has issued a statement to anyone that doubts his Liverpool future ‘I’m here to stay.’

Downing last season forced his way into Liverpool’s first team last season, despite Rodgers telling Downing he could leave in December last season.

Downing has been linked with a move to West Ham United but he is adamant that he will remain and fight for his place at Liverpool.

“I’m here to stay,” he told Liverpoolfc.com. “I’m enjoying it – especially last season. I got a good run in the team. Hopefully that will continue, and I need to work hard.

“I want it to continue. It’s why I came here – to play in a successful team. I want that to continue as long as possible.”

Downing and his teammates is currently in Jakarta on their first leg of their tour and the Reds were greeted by roughly 1000 fans who had find their way into a private airport

“It’s brilliant to have people behind you, the fans,” said Downing. “When they’re behind you, you want to do well for them and play well.

“We had a bit of a laugh about it on the bus but all in good spirits!”

The players have been mobbed every step of the way in Indonesia.

“It’s unbelievable,” added Downing. “There were great scenes and the lads are happy to be here.

“They were following the bus and chasing after it on motorbikes. I’ve not seen that at any of the clubs I’ve been at before.

“You can’t doubt the support of this club worldwide.

“All the new players were taking photos and videos.”

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Pacheco leaves Liverpool tour as he considers his future.

Liverpool striker Dani Pacheco was earlier today listed in Liverpool’s squad of players to travel to Indonesia for their pre-season tour, but Pacheco will not be on the plane as he seeks to sort out his future at the club.

Pacheco featured in Liverpool’s 4-0 victory over Preston on Saturday but has not travelled to Indonesia.

Pacheco has been at Liverpool for six years now, but has had loan spells at Norwich City, Rayo Vallecano and Huesca last season where he hasn’t really impressed.

The Spanish youngster has made just five league appearances for Liverpool in six years, playing more pre-season games than Premier League games.

Pacheco has one year left on his contract and is considering his future at Liverpool, with the Reds having so many talented youngsters ahead of Pacheco.

Pacheco confirmed he is not travelling to Indonesia on his official twitter page.

‘Finally not traveling to Asia. Will talk about my future this season in next couple of days. Thank you. YNWA’

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