Ayre: Reds not selling Suarez

BY foxsports • July 26, 2013

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has reiterated the club's determination to keep striker Luis Suarez at Anfield.

The Uruguay forward wants to leave Liverpool, leading to speculation that he might be on his way to a club that could offer him Champions League football.

Arsenal are leading the chase for the 26-year-old forward and lodged a bid of £40million plus £1 earlier this week.

But Ayre told a press conference in Thailand, where Liverpool are preparing for a pre-season friendly, that the stance on Suarez had not changed.

"The situation with Luis Suarez remains the same," said Ayre. "It's never been our intention to sell Luis.

"We have received two separate offers from Arsenal and have rejected both."

Liverpool will play the Thai national team on Sunday and Suarez will feature at some point, although he is still short of fitness, having been given time off following the Confederations Cup.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers said: "He's three weeks in schedule behind other players.

"But one thing about Luis is he loves to play the game, he loves training and working. I'm sure at some stage of the game, he will play a part."