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Rodgers: Suarez will stay at Liverpool

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is confident Luis Suarez will have a successful season for the Reds - once he accepts will not be granted a transfer away from Anfield.

Rodgers reiterated that the 26-year-old will not be sold this summer despite the striker's desire to leave the club for UEFA Champions League football.

The Uruguay international was not named in a 22-man squad to play Celtic in a preseason friendly in Dublin and is training on his own after accusing the club of reneging on a promise that he would be sold if Liverpool failed to qualify for this season's Champions League.

On Friday morning Liverpool owner John W Henry insisted Suarez will not be sold and said it would be "ludicrous" to let him join domestic rivals Arsenal, who have had an offer of £40million plus £1 rejected.

And Rodgers believes his star player will soon accept his fate and be ready to make a similar impact for the Reds this season as he did last, when he scored 23 goals in the Premier League.

"Luis is training on his own and he understands totally where we're coming from," Rodgers said. "It's been a difficult period for him but it's my job to protect the group. Once he's back with the spirit he'll rejoin the group. We're quite calm. The club is in control of the situation. We've got no inclination to sell and we've been strong on that.

"Luis has fought for his life for Liverpool. There will come a point where he'll recognize the club is not going to sell and then he goes onto the pitch and he'll give 100 percent. He's a world class striker. I've got no question that when he's back he'll have a similar impact [to last season]."

Rodgers also confirmed the club was working on strengthening the squad further ahead of a season-opener against Stoke on August 17.

With Suarez absent from the traveling squad, striker Daniel Sturridge was a notable inclusion having recently returned to full training following an ankle injury.

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