Liverpool transfers: Rodgers tells Arsenal to up Suárez bid
Liverpool transfers: Brendan Rodgers tells Arsenal that they must up their bid for Luis Suárez if the Gunners want to sign the striker
Brendan Rodgers has warned Arsenal that they must up their bid for Luis Suárez if the Gunners harbour serious ambitions of signing the Liverpool striker.
Arsenal submitted a £40m and £1 bid on Tuesday as the north London side look to capitalise on the unhappiness of the Uruguayan at the Anfield outfit.
While the Reds boss wants to keep the South American, Rodgers is adamant the Gunners must increase their offer to have any chance of landing their target.
“If Arsenal want the player, then they have to produce the value for the player,” Rodgers told reporters in Australia.
“There was an offer a few weeks ago of £35million and two weeks later it is now £40m and a pound – I don’t think it is anywhere near the value of what he is worth.
“But it is twofold, really. A player may want to go, but then somebody has to pay the value or worth of that player.”
Rodgers also believes Suarez will be able to stay focused on playing for Liverpool despite the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the striker’s future.
“There is no change for me or Luis. He is a paid player at Liverpool so he just needs to get on with getting fit. That is how it is.
“Until somebody tells me something different, that is what all my concentration will be on. There will be no games played at Liverpool.
“Luis is part of the group and he knows the standard you have to meet at this club – on and off the field.
“After the bid came in Luis was OK, he said he was OK to go on the pitch and his focus was fine.
“It may be a distraction but players are played enough money now to produce for their clubs and he just has to keep his professionalism, which he has done.”