Arsenal have been linked to controversial Liverpool striker Luis Suarez for the past few weeks, per Andy Hunter of the Guardian, but recent comments made by Reds boss Brendan Rodgers suggest that the Uruguayan star isn't going anywhere.
In other news, the pitch is green.
But in all seriousness, Rodgers' recent remarks help shed a bit of light on the current situation as it pertains to Suarez, even if nothing can be guaranteed until the transfer window closes at the end of August.
According to Rodgers, Suarez is "happy" and "totally understands" why the club is working so hard to keep him on board. Per the Liverpool Echo's James Pearce, "It's a story that can keep running but for me there is no new news. Luis is happy. He totally understands the club's point of view."
He hasn't been moping about.
It's obviously difficult when you come back after a break but he has settled in and has been working well.
He's in a difficult position in terms of not being able to play because of his suspension. He will sit out the first six games and he will miss playing football.
But he's working hard and remains part of the group. He needs to get up to speed and we will continue to work to get all the players ready for the first game of the season.
Of course, Rodgers' comments must be taken with a grain of salt. The Liverpool manager certainly isn't going to add any fuel to the Suarez-Arsenal fire. Instead, these comments serve as a bucket of water to temporarily subdue the flames.
While Rodgers' words may not discourage Arsene Wenger and Arsenal from continuing their pursuit for Suarez, they indicate that the Gunners are fighting a losing battle unless they dive much deeper into their pockets.
Clearly, Rodgers understands that the stories and the rumours surrounding his top player won't be going away anytime soon. But by maintaining that Suarez will be playing his football at Anfield next season, he can limit the distraction and keep the rest of the squad focused on the task at hand: gearing up for the new season.
But in the end, there's only so much stock that can be put in Rodgers' latest remarks.
Arsenal's interest is obviously legitimate with the Gunners having placed a £40 million bid for Suarez. And with a month left before the summer transfer window closes, one has to believe that there are plenty more twists and turns to come.
For now, we can conclude that Rodgers and Liverpool will move forward with Suarez as their undisputed superstar barring a gargantuan offer at summer's end—one that would likely have to be in the £50 million-plus range as reported by the Mirror's David Maddock—that leaves the club with little choice but to part ways.
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