Liverpool have no intention of softening their stance on Luis Suarez.
The Uruguayan international has been the source of much speculation in recent weeks, after claiming the Reds had agreed to let him leave this summer. Suarez is eager to play in the UEFA Champions League, and his preferred destination is Real Madrid.
It was Arsenal, though, who made all the early running, failing with two bids, the latest of which was a pound over £40million. Brendan Rodgers insisted he would not sell his star striker, who has since linked up with the first team after apologising for his attitude.
But just when it looked as though things were about to settle down at Anfield, it has been widely reported that Real are finally set to lodge a bid. Rodgers, though, has warned the Spanish giants they would be wasting their time in targeting the 26-year-old.
“We are trying to get one or two more quality players in through the door,” he said. “If we lose Luis at this stage, it would be difficult to replace him. There might have been a point a few months ago when there was time to do it, but not with only 11 days to go.”
Suarez is currently suspended following his bite on Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic towards the end of last season, and, should he remain on Merseyside, cannot be considered until the end of September when the Reds take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.