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Rodgers keeps mum on Suarez saga

Liverpool head coach Brendan Rodgers (R) and striker Luis Suarez.
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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers wants to draw a line under the Luis Suarez saga and says he will not talk about the striker until he's available for selection.

The summer has been dominated by speculation about the Uruguay international's future, with Arsenal having two bids rejected and comments from the player about wanting to leave resulting in him being told to train alone.

Suarez is suspended for the first six matches of the new season as his 10-game ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in April is carried over.

Liverpool's principal owner John Henry is adamant he will not sell the striker so, even if he remains at Anfield beyond the end of the current transfer window, the 26-year-old cannot be picked until the end of September.

"For me Luis Suarez is very simple. I will start off by saying there has been so much written and said about Luis over the last few months," said Rodgers.

"From our perspective there is a standpoint from the club and myself that has not changed.

"What I want to concentrate on is the players that are available for this weekend so I won't be speaking any more about Luis Suarez until he is available.

"I don't really want to answer any more questions on Luis Suarez.

"There is nothing to be said that hasn't already been said. I am sure people are fed up of listening about it and reading about it.

"My only concentration is the players who are available and, from the first day they came back, they've had a real hard pre-season.

"Purely out of respect to them and the work which has been going on, I only want to talk about them."

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