Rodgers: We can fix Suarez problem

12 August 2013 01:31

Manager Brendan Rodgers still believes Liverpool's impasse with Luis Suarez can be "resolved amicably" but has indicated the club will bide their time if necessary.

Suarez has made it clear he wants to leave to play Champions League football - a move he insists Liverpool had agreed to allow if they did not qualify for the competition themselves.

Arsenal is the current destination of choice after they lodged a bid of £40million plus £1 - a figure they think triggers a clause in the Uruguayan's contract - but the Reds are standing firm over their position that the striker is not for sale.

Last season's current top-scorer has been made to train alone by Rodgers until he apologises publicly and privately for his recent conduct, a move he is highly unlikely to make according to reports.

Rodgers reiterated that he would not soften his stance on Suarez until the club could be guaranteed his undivided commitment, but did suggest the relationship was not beyond repair.

"It is something that we have to do everything we can to fix," Rodgers told the club's official website.

"If we have got to sit and wait, then so be it. But this is a club that has got great values, and we hope that the situation can be resolved amicably, and I am sure it will be.

"There has been a lot said and a lot reported, and we have made a stance, as a club and as a manager, of the commitment and the standards required.

"If you don't have that commitment and those standards then you won't play. It's as simple as that.

"There's no problem between me and him, it is quite calm. But obviously I have got to respect the club and the team.

Source: PA

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