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Rodgers confident of keeping Suarez at Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers expects to see Luis Suarez at Liverpool next season and is confident any bids for him will be rejected.

The Uruguayan has been influential for the club this season, scoring 25 goals in his 35 appearances, and Rodgers has got the striker at the forefront of his mind for the new campaign.

The manager knows that there will be speculation around Suarez in the coming months, with plenty of suitors, but Rodgers is confident that the club see him as a vital part of what he is building.

“Every player has their price but there’s certainly no pressure for the club to sell him,” he said. “We’re trying to build that bit of quality so he’s not for sale.

“I don’t have any doubts there will be interest in him this summer, because he’s up there.

“There’s a small percentage of players who are world class and he’s in that bracket, so I don’t think it will be too dissimilar to when I first came in last summer, with clubs making their interest known.

“People will want to take him, but I think we all recognise how integral he is. The owners have been absolutely unequivocal in their resolve in terms of wanting to keep him.”

Suarez will be suspended for the first six matches of the new season after being handed a 10-game ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in April, but Rodgers does not think this will make the striker want to leave and he expects him to prepare as normal and be ready once the suspension has been served.

“He will just get his head down and work, take his punishment and move on,” he added.

“Obviously he had a circumstance which made it extremely difficult for him, but I’ve seen nothing to make me think anything other than he will want to stay.”

Wed 22 May, 2013
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