The Anfield boss believes the Uruguayan understands the club’s decision to reject all bids and says the striker will eventually rejoin first-team training
Brendan Rodgers has urged Luis Suarez to accept that he will not be sold by Liverpool and believes the striker will still have an influential role at Anfield this season.
Following Suarez’s claims that he was promised a move from Anfield this summer after the club failed to secure a place in the Champions League, Liverpool owner John W Henry has reiterated the Uruguayan will not be allowed to leave.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has since reaffirmed his desire to sign Suarez this summer but concedes that he will accept Liverpool’s decision not to sell the striker if the club do not deviate from their stance.
“Luis is training on his own and he understands totally where we’re coming from,” Rodgers said. “We’re quite calm. The club is in control of the situation. We’ve got no inclination to sell and we’ve been strong on that.
“Luis has fought for his life for Liverpool. There will come a point where he’ll recognise the club is not going to sell. It’s been a difficult period for him but it’s my job to protect the group. Once he’s back with the spirit he’ll rejoin the group.”
Suarez earned many plaudits for his performances last season, a campaign in which he scored 30 goals in 44 appearances, and Rodgers is confident he can reproduce that form upon his return to action.
The Uruguayan will miss the first six games of the season after biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic last term, but Rodgers is confident in his striker’s ability to hit the ground running.
“He’s a world-class striker,” Rodgers said.
“I’ve got no question that when he’s back he’ll have a similar impact [to last season].”