Rodgers orders Suarez to apologize
Luis Suarez must apologize to his Liverpool teammates and the club before he can be reintegrated into the squad, according to Brendan Rodgers.
The Uruguay international has been made to train on his own as the Reds boss was unhappy with the attitude he has shown recently, which culminated with interviews earlier this week in which he claimed the club had reneged on a deal to allow him to leave this summer.
That upset Rodgers and he has isolated the 26-year-old, who owner John Henry has said will not be sold to Arsenal despite the Gunners' bid of £40,000,001.
Suarez is suspended for the first six matches of the season as his ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic is carried over, but even if he does not leave in the current transfer window there are still bridges to be repaired.
"Initially there will be a recognition that (there needs to be) an apology to his teammates and the club," said Rodgers when asked what Suarez needed to do next. "I have seen him over a period of time I know it is not the Luis Suarez we know and I have to protect the fans and the players because they deserve more than that."
Rodgers added: "He is a world-class striker and when he is committed the cause we will welcome him back with open arms. He has spent some days working on his own. The group has been separate to that and working very hard. When he is back from his international trip (Suarez will travel to Japan with Uruguay in midweek), we will assess it from there."
Henry and Rodgers have been unequivocal in their stance on Suarez and the manager stressed that would not change. "I spoke with John when we were in Norway in the week and we are pretty much on the same page," Rodgers added. We are adamant he won't go to Arsenal and we want to keep him."
Aside from the contract issue, another area of football governance of concern to Henry is the Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations formulated by UEFA in recent years. FFP has been designed to bring clubs' spending more in line with their incomes but with Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco, Chelsea and Manchester City still spending lavishly with the help of wealthy benefactors, the Boston Red Sox owner does not believe the regulations are working.
"I've talked a lot about Financial Fair Flay, especially in England and Europe," he continued. "I knew well about the financial problems football has when I took over Liverpool. It does not look like FFP works. I am very unhappy that they have not taken seriously the rules, and it's also frustrating that UEFA have not done so. They need to address the problem. It should have worked better."