Ferguson empathises with Liverpool

Sir Alex Ferguson believes Liverpool were wise not to try to head off a lengthy ban for Luis Suarez by imposing one of their own.

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Gerrard 'really confident' Suarez will not sign for Arsenal

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard said he is "really confident" team-mate Luis Suarez will not be sold to another club in England, with Arsenal reportedly keen on signing the striker.

Speaking ahead of England's game against Scotland tomorrow, the midfielder said: "If I can use my influence to try and make him stay I will try to do that because I love playing with him and don't want him to go.

"For Liverpool to be successful moving forward we have to keep our best players."

He added: "I'm really confident he won't be going to any one else in England."

The Uruguayan forward has been ordered to apologise by Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers after trying to force his way out of the club in a bid to play Champions League football.

Meanwhile, Gerrard told ITV News Sports Editor Steve Scott that he believed the transfer window should shut before the season starts amid rumours over the futures of England's Wayne Rooney and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.

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Suarez accuses Liverpool of breach of contract

Liverpool forward Luis Suarez has been linked with a move away from Anfield.
Liverpool forward Luis Suarez has been linked with a move away from Anfield. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has accused the club of reneging on an agreement in his contract which stated he could leave Anfield this summer if they had not qualified for the Champions League.

The Uruguay international has also said he will submit a written transfer request by the end of the week if the Merseyside outfit continue to block a potential move to Arsenal.

Suarez, in interviews given to the Daily Telegraph and The Guardian, said he believes a clause written into the contract he signed last summer entitles him to a move.

"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," the 26-year-old said.

Liverpool have rejected two bids from Arsenal - of £30million and £40,000,001 - which triggered a release clause - for Suarez this summer.

Read: Suarez banned for 10 games for biting incident


Liverpool 'educate' staff with foul-mouthed handbook

Liverpool said the handbook will help to "ensure Anfield is free from all forms of discrimination". Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Archive

Liverpool have reportedly issued their club staff with a foul-mouthed guide, including incendiary racist and homophobic words, in a bid to better police unacceptable language on matchdays.

The handbook apparently also advises against employees referring to female fans as a "queen" or "princess" or urging anyone visiting Anfield to "man up".

The Merseyside club said they wanted to educate staff about offensive terms concerning religion, race, sexual orientation and gender.

The guide will not be issued to the players or coaching staff, though.

The Reds were widely condemned for their defence of Luis Suarez before he received an eight-game ban and £40,000 fine for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra in 2011.

Liverpool reject £40,000,001 Arsenal bid for Suarez

Liverpool have rejected an offer from Arsenal of £40m - plus a pound - for striker Luis Suarez, it has been reported.

The bid of £40,000,001 was designed to trigger a clause in the player's contract which means that the club have to inform Suarez of the offer - but it does not trigger a buy-out clause.

The Uruguayan striker has previously spoken about an attraction to Real Madrid. Credit: PA

The footballer's agent Pere Guardiola has reportedly told Liverpool the player wants to play in the Champions League but will not try to force through a move.

On Monday, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said he "very much" expects the star man to be with the club come the start of the season.

"Unless there's any sort of offer that comes in that's anywhere near his value, there's nothing to consider, he added.

Liverpool say Luis Suarez is 'not for sale'

Luis Suarez is currently banned for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.
Luis Suarez is currently banned for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. Credit: PA Wire

Liverpool have attempted to quash speculation about star player Luis Suarez's future at Anfield by insisting that the player will not be sold.

A Liverpool spokesperson said: "Luis Suarez is not for sale. Neither Luis or his representatives have communicated these feelings directly to Liverpool.

"The club remains supportive of Luis and expect him to honour his contract. The club will not be making any further comment at this stage."

Suarez reportedly told media in his native Uruguay today that he wanted to leave the club because he doesn't "feel comfortable here anymore".

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Luis Suarez says he wants to leave Liverpool

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has confirmed he wants to leave the club claiming he does not feel "comfortable here anymore".

The Uruguayan striker told a press conference it was a good time for a change of environment, arguing that he has not "been judged as a player but based on other things".

"It is a difficult moment for me, my coach and my colleagues know that they (the media ) didn't treat me well. Because of the paparazzi I could not go in my garden, I could not go to the supermarket."

The £24 million striker says he wants to leave because of his family and image. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Suarez insisted his current club has nothing to do with his unhappiness:

"It's nothing against Liverpool, on the contrary, I feel very comfortable at the club, but I have a daughter and I do not want to hear bad things about her father.

"My reason for leaving is not the money. It's my family and image. I don't feel comfortable here anymore."

Suarez's future has been subject to intense speculation since his 10-game ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.


Banned Suarez celebrates emphatic Liverpool win

Banned Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has congratulated his teammates after they began the first of their 10 matches without him by recording the team's biggest win of the season.

Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson both struck twice as the Reds claimed a 6-0 away win against Newcastle United.


Very happy with this great win!!! Congratulations to all my teammates!!!! YNWA!!!!

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