Liverpool in complete control of wantaway striker Luiz Suarez' future

The Reds’ manager also stressed that Pepe Reina was still wanted at the club despite Simon Mignolet’s impending arrival.

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LIVERPOOL MANAGER BRENDAN RODGERS insists the club are in control of the future of striker Luis Suarez despite the Uruguayan’s claims that he wants to quit the Premier League.

The forward, who is in scoring form for his country in the Confederations Cup, is eager to instigate a move to La Liga and has stated a preference for a Real Madrid switch. He claimed earlier this month that he had been the victim of a witch-hunt in England following his ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea.

Rodgers, in an interview with talkSPORT, assured Liverpool supporters that the player would not dictate a move away. He stated, “It’s quite simple. The club is in complete control of the situation.” He added:

For me there is no real change in it [Suarez’s future]. He’s away with the Uruguay squad at the moment and we’re messaging and what not. I will always listen to players. I always work closely with players and listen to their point of view but the biggest word is with the club.”

Rodgers argued that the Uruguayan has stated his love for Liverpool FC in many of his interviews since his 10-game ban was imposed. Those warm words, he added, were rarely reported. “I’m quite relaxed about it,” he added.

Belgian stopper Simon Mignolet. (BRUNO FAHY/Belga/Press Association Images)

Rodgers and Liverpool look set to complete the signing of Sunderland and Belgium goalkeeper Simon Mignolet later this week. The Northern Irish coach is not willing to let current No.1 Pepe Reina flee the coop to his native Spain, with Barcelona interested in securing his signature.

Rodgers said, “Pepe and I went out for a meal before the end of the season and I told him exactly what we were planning to do — provide competition in all areas… he’s very committed to the club and is an outstanding goalkeeper.”

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The Liverpool boss remarked, “Certain players, in a certain way in a certain team that can really show their quality.” By certain, we assume he means ‘long ball merchants’.

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