Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Latest on Luis Suarez and More from Anfield

Tim KeeneyContributor IAugust 13, 2013

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool in action during the Steven Gerrard Testimonial Match between Liverpool and Olympiacos at Anfield on August 03, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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At this point, the only place Luis Suarez is headed for is the bench. 

The situation regarding the talented-yet-polarizing striker only seems to deteriorate by the day, but Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers continues to stand firm on his not-for-sale stance.

The latest has Rodgers essentially telling Suarez, via Sky Sports, that if he apologizes, then everything will be fine and he will once again be included in first-team duties, only for Suarez to reportedly respond, once again via Sky Sports, with pretty much a big middle finger:

Wantaway Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has no plans to apologise for his recent conduct, according to Sky sources.

The Uruguayan striker - the subject of two failed Arsenal bids - has been forced to train alone since claiming Liverpool reneged on a promise to let him leave this summer for a Champions League club.

Manager Brendan Rodgers subsequently accused Suarez of showing "total disrespect" and, speaking after a pre-season defeat to Celtic, said only after an apology would he be welcomed back into the Anfield fold.

But it is understood the forward currently feels has he no reason to oblige and believes his behaviour has in no way shown disrespect to a club determined to keep him.

This is getting ugly quickly, and it seems Suarez is headed for a limbo of sorts—relationship too sullied to play at Liverpool but unable to force his way out. 

As this story likely continues to twist and turn until the final seconds of August 31, let's take a look at what else is happening around Anfield. 


Stewart Downing to West Ham?

According to The Independent, midfielder Stewart Downing is close to making a move to West Ham:

Stewart Downing is close to a move to West Ham after a fee was agreed with Liverpool, Press Association Sport understands.

The 29-year-old moved to Anfield from Aston Villa in July 2011 and has made 91 appearances, scoring seven goals, for the Reds.

This is tough news for Liverpool.

Downing came from Aston Villa just two summers ago for somewhere in the range of £20 million, but after playing with quite a bit of inconsistency and struggling to stay a part of the first team, his price is now down to just £5 million, per Sky Sports

Of course, while Downing has been disappointing, he did show signs of marked improvement last season, per Squawka's Twitter account:

Nevertheless, while this could be a tough pill to swallow for some Liverpool fans, the Reds have a lot of talent in the midfield capable of filling this potential void. 


Liverpool Making a Move for Guilherme Siqueira?

It's clear that Rodgers is serious about bolstering his defense, and although he has already added Kolo Toure this summer, he has his sights set on Granada left-back Guilherme Siqueira.

Sky Sports has the report:

Sky Sports understands Liverpool are lining up a move for Granada left-back Guilherme Siqueira.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has made a new left-back one of his top priorities.

According to Squawka, Siqueira made 35 appearances last season, averaging 5.0 clearances, 2.5 interceptions and 1.8 tackles per match. He completed 71 percent of his passes and an impressive 83 percent of his attempted tackles. 

The 27-year-old Brazilian is an intriguing all-around player, capable of defending or moving forward in the attack—he had six goals and three assists last season. 

Jose Enrique likely isn't going anywhere at left-back, but this would be a nice addition to create depth and competition.