Luis Suarez can complain as much as he likes, but Liverpool and owner John W. Henry have no plan to sell their prized asset unless it is on their own terms, according to David Maddock of the Daily Mirror.
More specifically, they have no intention whatsoever to strengthen the squad of one of their key rivals this season while weakening their own, so Arsenal should forget about striking a deal for Suarez, according to Henry.
"I don't know why people ask us if we are selling the club or the best players, because we are not. We like to buy stuff, not to sell."
Maddock provides the latest after another turbulent day for the Merseyside outfit, who remain defiant in their stance that Suarez will not leave for the £40,000,001 currently tabled by the Gunners.
Suarez made his own standpoint abundantly clear on Tuesday evening, first pulling out of Wednesday’s friendly with Valerenga and then revealing he wants Liverpool to “honour our agreement” by allowing a transfer, according to The Guardian's Sid Lowe:
Last year I had the opportunity to move to a big European club and I stayed on the understanding that if we failed to qualify for the Champions League the following season I'd be allowed to go... I gave absolutely everything last season but it was not enough to give us a top-four finish – now all I want is for Liverpool to honour our agreement.
Suarez’s future could yet be taken out of his hands by his own body, if reports such as this one from ESPN are to be believed that he required a scan on a foot injury picked up in training on Tuesday. Any broken bones would likely scupper a summer transfer, leaving the Uruguayan stuck at a club he no longer wants to represent.
While the player continues to turn his back on a team that has shown great loyalty toward him—first when he was found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra and then picking up a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic—Liverpool continue to adopt a very professional approach to the matter.
According to manager Brendan Rodgers, per the Daily Mail report, the situation remains clear: Suarez is a Liverpool player, and no club has come close to paying the type of money that would persuade the Reds to let him leave:
We have no intention of selling one of the best players in the world to one of our rivals. Luis Suarez is very much a Liverpool player and there is no real value in discussing it unless someone comes close to the valuation.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger continues to wait patiently for the situation to unravel, with expectation that Suarez’s next move will be to launch legal action against Liverpool, as Sami Mokbel and Laurie Whitwell of the Daily Mail report. The forward claims the club agreed to sell him if a Champions League club offered above £40 million.
Liverpool counter that claim by insisting they only agreed to inform Suarez of such offers.
Wenger will wait to see if his current bid is enough to land the unsettled forward, and he has time on his side due to Suarez’s 10-game ban—of which he still has six matches to serve.