Liverpool transfers: Luis Suárez part of our team, says Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool transfers: Brendan Rodgers insists Luis Suárez is still part of his team after the Reds secure a 1-0 victory over Stoke City

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers Photo: The Sport Review

Brendan Rodgers insists Luis Suárez is still very much part of Liverpool’s team – but has refused to shed any further light on the striker’s Reds future.

The Uruguayan international was in attendance for his club’s 1-0 victory over Stoke City as the striker continues to serve his 10-game ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic in a 2-2 draw with Chelsea in April.

The 26-year-old returned to first-team training on Friday after the striker had previously spoken of his desire to leave the Merseyside outfit following two unsuccessful bids from Arsenal.

But Rodgers opted against talking at length about the South American out of respect for his triumphant Reds squad.

“At the minute, the concentration is on the players who are available to play,” Rodgers told a post-match news conference.

“Luis is doing his work and there’s nothing to be said there. For us, it’s about continuing with the momentum coming through from last season and winning games, which is what we’re here for.

“He’s a part of our team and a part of the club. The supporters are a class act here – the classic Liverpool Way is to always support the players and the manager. That’s what they always do.”

Rodgers continued: “I won’t be saying anything on Luis Suárez and it’s only purely out of respect for the players that are working hard at the minute.

“All I will say is I am very satisfied with how everything has been resolved and we as a club are now looking to the future and moving on.”

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