Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rodgers: Talk of Suarez Is off Limits

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rodgers: Talk of Suarez Is off Limits

Article excerpt

LIVERPOOL manager Brendan Rodgers is determined to draw a line under the Luis Suarez saga and insists until the banned striker is available for selection again he will not talk about him.

The summer has been dominated by the Uruguay international's repeated utterances about wanting to leave, but after two failed bids by Arsenal, the second a controversial PS40,000,001, and a dip in performance, the 26-yearold has been made to train on his own.

Rodgers will undoubtedly have to have private conversations with Suarez (pictured above) after he returns from international duty in Japan, but he is determined not to add any more to what has been a highly-public affair.

And with the striker suspended for the first six matches of the campaign as his 10-game ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic is carried over the manager intends to keep the focus on football.

"My only concentration is the players who are available. Purely out of respect to them and the work which has been going on I only want to talk about them," said the Reds boss. …

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