Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted Luis Suarez could be allowed to leave Anfield for the kind of massive fee Real Madrid is reportedly willing to pay for Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale.
In a summer of intense speculation surrounding Suarez, the controversial Uruguay forward has made it clear he would like to move to a club playing Champions League football.
Arsenal is the only team to have tabled a bid for Suarez according to Rodgers, who confirmed that the fellow English Premier League outfit has made two offers, although neither was higher than 40 million pounds (US$53million).
However, Rodgers conceded Suarez has his price as the Reds boss yesterday compared the situation to the one in which Real are apparently set to pay up to 100 million pounds to sign Wales winger Bale.
“Every player has a valuation but you have to look at the market,” said Rodgers.
Two best players
“With Gareth Bale they are talking about 100 million and Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez were arguably the two best players in the Premier League last season. You can’t say that Gareth Bale is valued at over 100 per cent more. We are a club with strong beliefs in what we are doing and nobody will be moving out of here.”
The Liverpool fans certainly played their part in trying to convince Suarez, the scorer of 30 goals for their club last season, that his future remains at Anfield. Suarez played for 30 minutes as a substitute in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Olympiakos at Anfield yesterday, a testimonial for club captain Steven Gerrard which has raised around 1 million pounds for the player’s charitable foundation.
Liverpool supporters awarded Suarez a warm welcome, chanting his name and displaying banners appealing for him to stay. “He was probably humbled by it,” said Rodgers of the reception Suarez received. “There may have been that bit of trepidation about the reaction he would get.
“But people who have been at this club a lot longer than me know this is the Liverpool way. They always respect people and always respect their own."