Transfer news: Luis Suarez reluctant to acknowledge Liverpool fans during open training session

The striker is keen on a move away from Anfield

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was cheered by fans at an open training session at Anfield but remained reluctant to acknowledge the support he was given.

Just like on Saturday at Steven Gerrard's testimonial virtually everything the Uruguay international did brought the select 5,000-strong crowd to life.

However, the 26-year-old did not seem keen to acknowledge their backing - even when the rest of the squad did so at the end of the session.

Suarez's agent has made it known to the club his client wants to play in the Champions League and he has been the subject of two bids from Arsenal, the last amounting to £40million plus £1.

He took full part in training, even going through some individual three-quarter sprints almost the full length of the pitch while the rest of the squad recovered from a small-sided game exercise.

The striker is slightly behind the majority of his team-mates in terms of preparation as his return to pre-season training was delayed as he was allowed extended leave following international duty in the Confederations Cup.

He is also suspended for the first six matches of the season as his 10-game ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic last April is carried forward into the new campaign.

But he was fully involved in training, with one looping shot onto the crossbar cheered by the Kop, and showed he has retained much of his sharpness during his summer break with one smart volley in the game situation bringing a good save out of Simon Mignolet.

The session also saw the first public appearance of fellow striker Daniel Sturridge, who has been sidelined with an ankle injury since the end of last season.

He also took full part in the training session and with two friendlies remaining - one against Valerenga in Norway on Wednesday and the other versus Celtic in Dublin on Saturday - before the Reds host Stoke on the opening day of the season, the England international will be looking to increase his involvement.

Suarez's suspension means Sturridge will be required to lead the line, although summer signing Iago Aspas has put in some promising displays in pre-season while the club are hoping to secure a deal for Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa after lodging a £21.8million bid last week.

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