Rodgers demands focus amid Suarez contract talks

19 December 2013 12:16

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes the future of striker Luis Suarez will take care of itself as long as the focus remains on football.

Managing director Ian Ayre flew to Barcelona this week to open preliminary talks about an improved contract for the Uruguay international, who has two and a half years remaining on his current deal.

Suarez wants to play in the Champions League and with the Reds in second place in the table they are in a good position to deliver that this season.

Which is why Rodgers wants the emphasis to remain on the pitch ahead of a tough festive schedule which includes trips to top-four rivals Manchester City and Chelsea.

"There is nothing to report on that," he said when asked about Suarez's contract.

"Contractually, with any players, it is private so at the minute he is just focusing on his football.

"We are just very much focused on our performance level, improving and improving players, and I think that will all take care of itself. I don't think there is any rush at this moment in time.

"Of course he is a player we want to keep here and build the team around in the coming years."

Source: PA