Luis Suarez snubs loyal Liverpool fans as Arsenal’s Wenger shows Rodger’s how to negotiate
TRANSFER Balls: A look at what the experts in the media are saying about Liverpool’s Luis Suarez:
First up, let’s hear from Liverpool manger Brendan Rodgers, who continues to seek inspiration from reading Neville Chamberlain’s Guide to Negotiating:
“Every player has a valuation but you have to look at the market. With Gareth Bale they are talking about £100m 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.”
You can say that. Rodgers valued Suarez at £50m. It was he that said it:
“Obviously for a player of his quality, when you consider that Cavani has gone for £55m you know… Luis is up there in that bracket of top talent.”
And still Rodgers talks and talks:
“There is, of course, a point where you only want players who are totally 100 per cent committed to being here and I have spoken to Luis countless times over the course of the summer. Speculation can be difficult for players but he is back training and back working. The more he is around the group here, the more he is around the great support here, the more he will understand.”
Or as the Daily Star puts it today:
Sources close to the Uruguay striker insisted last night: “Luis is convinced these are his last days in Liverpool.”
Joe Lovejoy was at Anfield to see Suarez play in Steven Gerrard’s testimonial (see photo above):
Suárez is to loyalty what Eamonn Holmes is to hang-gliding and it beggared belief to hear Liverpool fans cheer him to the echo when he went on for Iago Aspas, the £7.2m summer signing from Celta Vigo, after 62 minutes. This is a man who has been sticking two fingers up at the Kop, metaphorically speaking, all summer, yet he even got a round of applause for one of his trademark visits to the turf.
The Mail’s Joe Bernstein was there:
Luis Suarez underlined his determination to quit Liverpool by failing to acknowledge a huge ovation from Liverpool fans… At no point did he salute the fans or even deliver a gesture of thanks, despite The Kop chanting his name after he came on and towards the end of the game.
Arsene Wenger has been asked about Suarez:
“I do not understand this kind of thinking and would not like to talk openly about negotiations, because that is not my target in (this) press conference. We have one month in front of us and we will work very hard to strengthen our squad, without naming any specific names, because I do not believe that will make negotiations easier. After that, you can make all kind of thinking about the price of the players, and you can say as well they are all overboard anyway.
“I never said we have made a bid to Liverpool, now I can tell you we have made one, so at least that is some information. All the rest, I would like to keep to us. If we progress in that situation, we will inform you. At the moment, that is where we are.”
Back to Brendan…