Luis Suarez transfer news: 'Why would you swap Liverpool to go to Arsenal?' - Brendan Rodgers tells striker that leaving Anfield would be a mistake

Liverpool boss wants Suarez to commit to the Reds after his latest attempt to try and fend off Arsenal in their pursuit of the striker

Brendan Rodgers has warned Luis Suarez that it would be a mistake to leave Liverpool for Arsenal following the improved offer from the Gunners in their attempt to lure the striker to the Emirates.

Arsenal followed up their initial £30m offer with a bid of £40m plus £1, believing that the price would trigger a clause in Suarez’s contract.

However, Liverpool immediately rejected the bid, and Rodgers has claimed that the Uruguayan would regret the move should he and his representatives push for a transfer.

Speaking to The Guardian, Rodgers said: "I know what we are trying to build and grow, so why would you swap Liverpool to go to Arsenal?

"I am not sure that it adds up, to be honest. Arsenal has a wonderful history in its own right but Liverpool is one of the biggest clubs in the world. Okay, we might not be in the Champions League and haven't been for a while now but our competitors have grown around us and we have to step up to the challenge now.

"Would it be a mistake for Luis to leave? 100%. The team was built around Luis last season. I made some big calls to get the team to work in a way to suit his strengths and it is no coincidence he had a great season apart from the end bit. We would love to have him to continue the next phase.

"It is difficult for Luis, I understand that. If a team wants you, it can be difficult."

Suarez linked up with the rest of the Liverpool squad earlier this week, with huge crowds turning out to see the players in action in bot Australia and Thailand.

Rodgers is hopeful that the effect of the fans will convince Suarez that Liverpool remain a club capable of challenging for silverware, and he hopes that the club’s ambition in bringing new players to Anfield this summer will also convince him to stay.

"I am sure Luis will have seen the sheer size and status of the club, so we'll just see how it goes. It is not something we want to run on too long," Rodgers said.

Both he and managing director Ian Ayre are due to hold further talks with both Suarez and his agent Pere Guardiola, who told the club that the 26-year-old wants to play Champions League football.

"It has never been our intention to sell Luis," Ayre told reporters in Bangkok on Friday.

"As has been widely reported in the media, we've received two separate offers from Arsenal for the player and we've rejected both offers.

"So, our situation remains the same and Luis Suarez remains a Liverpool player. He's here in Thailand as part of our squad."

After Sunday's game against Thailand, Liverpool will return to Europe to play final friendly matches against Olympiakos, Valerenga and Celtic before opening their Premier League campaign against Stoke City on August 17.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Greece says 'No': A night of huge celebrations in Athens as voters decisively back Tsipras and his anti-austerity stance in historic referendum

Greece referendum

Greeks say 'No' to austerity and plunge Europe into crisis
Ten years after the 7/7 terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?

7/7 bombings anniversary

Ten years after the terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?
Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has created

Versace haute couture review

Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has ever created
No hope and no jobs, so Gaza's young risk their lives, climb the fence and run for it

No hope and no jobs in Gaza

So the young risk their lives and run for it
Fashion apps: Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers

Fashion apps

Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers
The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate