• Premier League

Rodgers insists Suarez is not for sale

ESPN staff
November 15, 2012

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has laughed off reports linking Luis Suarez with Manchester City, claiming if he sold the Uruguayan he would have no strikers at his disposal.

Reports on Thursday claimed City boss Roberto Mancini had trained his sights on Suarez and that a January bid was in the pipeline.

This report was played down by City and Rodgers has moved to nip any transfer talk in the bid by insisting Suarez will not be sold.

"If we lost Luis we'd have no strikers," Rodgers quipped at a press conference on Thursday. "He is certainly not someone that we want to sell or move on.

"He has been a brilliant player to work with and we want to add to our squad, not take people out of it that are world-class players.

"Luis showed his commitment to the club in the summer by signing a new deal. He is in a great moment in his footballing life at Liverpool. He is scoring goals and working well. He is very happy here."

It had been suggested the Suarez report had been engineered by Liverpool in a bid to set up a bidding war, but that has been shot down by Rodgers.

Rodgers said: "There will be no bidding war, he is staying here."

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