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Rodgers issues Suarez warning

ESPN staff
April 21, 2013

Brendan Rodgers has suggested Liverpool could sell Luis Suarez for biting Branislav Ivanovic on the forearm by saying the values of the club are more important than any individual and players have to accept the consequences of their actions.

The Liverpool manager insisted he did not witness the 66th-minute incident in Sunday's 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Anfield and ignored a freeze frame of it when a reporter tried to show it to him but promised to launch an internal inquiry which could involve owners Fenway Sports Group.

Referee Kevin Friend missed the flashpoint and the FA are expected to take further action against Suarez, who went on to score Liverpool's equaliser in the seventh minute of stoppage time.

And Rodgers, who had always said that he is keen for Suarez to stay, insisted Liverpool's image is more important than anyone.

"I will make an honest appraisal of it. I will review and we will review it as a club," Rodgers said. "There is certainly no one bigger than this football club, as a player or a manager. As football managers, staff and players we're representing this great football club off the field and in particular on the field.

"It's just not the time to comment realistically on it now. If you ever lose a player you can't replace, the next one comes along. The standards at this football club have been met for many years and that's why it is the worldwide institution that it is.

"The history of this club is about respect and how people are treated. And that is something that will always be maintained here and will always be long after I am gone."

Suarez's Ajax career ended after he was given a seven-match ban for biting PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal in 2010 and, during his time at Liverpool, he has served an eight-game suspension after he was found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.

Rodgers added: "I will always defend people if I think they are right and if I think they are wrong, I will tell them as I has already happened this season with Luis. And we move on from it.

"People have to accept it when they do wrong if that's what the case is. They have to accept the consequences accordingly."

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