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The Sport Matrix: Thursday 8 August 2013

Suarez trains with reserves as Reds resist transfer

Luis Suarez has been told to train with the Liverpool reserve team as the Uruguyan’s wish to leave Anfield for Arsenal looks set to remain ungranted.

The forward this week accused manager Brendan Rodgers, right, of going back on a verbal agreement that he could leave Liverpool if they failed to reach the Champions League – which they did.

He has been advised by the Professional Footballer’s Association that any legal action he launches would be doomed to fail against the club, who are unhappy that Arsenal were made aware of a confidential clause in the forward’s contract that any club offering over £40m would be allowed to speak to the player.

PFA chairman Gordon Taylor, who has studied the contract, says there was no such clause. “It doesn’t say there is an automatic trigger for a move,” he said. MORE

SUAREZ’S RECORD

2005-06 Nacional (12 goals, 34 games)

2006-07 Groningen (15/37)

2007-11 Ajax (111/159)

2011-13 Liverpool (51/96)

ECB seek apology over KP claim

The England and Wales Cricket Board have demanded an apology from the Australian TV station Channel Nine after they accused Kevin Pietersen of using silicone tape to deceive Hot Spot. The England batsman furiously denied the claim. MORE

Champion Murray returns with victory

Andy Murray emerged victorious last night on his return to action after winning Wimbledon, battling to a 6-4 7-6 victory over Marcel Granollers in the second round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal. The Scot recovered from 4-1 down in the second set to win on a tie-break. MORE

Rutherford in top shape for Worlds

Olympic champion Greg Rutherford maintains he is in perfect condition to compete in the long jump at the World Championships in Moscow. “I said I wouldn’t put myself in that position unless I was ready to jump far,” he said. “I fully expect to be ready to go.” MORE

Celtic join Arsenal in Euro play-offs

A goalless draw at Elfsborg was enough for Celtic to secure a 1-0 aggregate victory last night to reach the Champions League play-offs. Neil Lennon’s side take their place aside Arsenal in tomorrow’s draw. In the League Cup, Leeds and Notts County made the second round. MORE

McIlroy back to the future for US PGA

Rory McIlroy has been watching videos of his triumph at the US PGA Championship as he prepares to defend his title. “It sort of lifted me a little bit,” the Ulsterman said. “I’m feeling good. I’m sitting here as confident as I have been all year.” MORE

Practice makes perfect for Poulter

Ian Poulter is determined to win his first major after a number of near misses in recent events. “I’ve had three good runs at it now,” the Englishman said. “Every time I’ve just been a couple of shots away. I’ve made mistakes at the wrong time.” MORE

Chelsea stand firm with Barça over Luiz

Chelsea remain insistent that they will not entertain any interest in defender David Luiz, with Barcelona expected to make a £40m bid. The Brazilian, who signed a five-year contract last year, is not believed to be desperate to leave Stamford Bridge. MORE

Rooney and Zaha in England squad

Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney is expected to be included in the England squad for next week’s visit of Scotland, despite rumours over his future. Team-mate Wilfried Zaha is also set to be named, as Roy Hodgson struggles for forwards. MORE

Trainers in the clear over Sungate

No charges are to be brought against trainers over the use of Sungate, the British Horseracing Authority announced yesterday. An investigation established that the drug was legally imported under licence from Italy. MORE

Ian Herbert

Banishing Luis Suarez from the first-team squad is a bold move which certainly carries the risk of alienating the striker. But it also projects Liverpool’s image as a club with pride. MORE

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