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Updated 05 Aug 2013 01:46:51

Rodgers 'surprised' by Arsenal way

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has taken a swipe at Arsenal over their ongoing pursuit of unsettled striker Luis Suarez.

Rodgers says the London club was playing 'a wee bit of a game' by bidding 40million pound plus 1 pound in the hope of activating a clause in the Uruguay international's contract.

The Anfield club remain adamant Suarez is not for sale and Rodgers said in quotes reported by a number of national newspapers: 'I was surprised.

"I've got to say I've always associated Arsenal as a club with class and so there was a wee bit of a game there.

"For us, it's about moving on and doing our own work. There will come a point where they understand our position.

"Obviously they have an interest and they put that interest in with two bids which were nowhere near what the player is worth. That's within their right.

"There is a market in football for players but from us the message is constant: we do not want to sell."

Despite Suarez's chequered disciplinary record, Rodgers insists Liverpool's owners are not seeking to cash-in on their prize asset.

"I'm extremely confident that Luis will be here [next season]," he added. "The offers have come in as you would expect for one of the world's leading strikers but as time goes by I'm gaining more confidence because I have a chance to be with him on a day-to-day basis and he gets the chance to be around his team-mates.

"We're in total control of the situation as a club and that's how it will remain.


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