Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes a more mature Luis Suarez no longer needs to cast admiring glances at the likes of Arsenal.
Suarez was so keen to take up the Gunners’ offer of an escape route in the summer after they bid £40,000,001 he accused the Reds of reneging on a deal which he claimed allowed him to leave for a side playing in Europe’s elite competition.
Liverpool owner John Henry was unequivocally opposed to selling to a rival and that stance appears to have been rewarded with the South American scoring six goals in four league matches since returning from suspension this season.
That has propelled Liverpool to third in the table, just two points behind tomorrow’s opponents Arsenal.
And while it may be a position some feel is unlikely to be sustained, Rodgers insists Suarez should have no reason to want to leave as he can play Champions League football with his current side.
“I understand why Arsenal would want to buy a player of Luis’ quality because he is one of the leading strikers in the world but it was something that was never going to happen,” said the Reds boss.
“For us and the institution we certainly weren’t going to sell to a rival, a competitor, and that was something which was very strong from the off.
“There was all sorts of gossip on the summer but we were very firm in our leadership, from the top right the way through, that this was something we didn’t want to do.”
“There is no greater stage for him than a club like this and once the window was shut, like we thought, there was never going to be an issue.”
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