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Rodgers: Suarez To Arsenal? Never

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says they would never have sold star striker Luis Suarez to rivals Arsenal this summer.

The Uruguay international was linked with a move away from Anfield after he revealed that he was keen to leave, but the Reds dug their heels in and batted away interest - with Arsenal putting in an offer of GBP 40 000 001 for the player.

That decision has proved important as the Reds have had a fantastic start to the season, and they now face fellow high-flyers Arsenal who would have been significantly boosted if the deal had happened.

"I understand why Arsenal would want to buy a player of Luis' quality because he is one of the leading strikers in the world but it was something that was never going to happen," said Rodgers.

"For us and the institution we are we certainly weren't going to sell to a rival, a competitor, and that was something which was very strong from the off.

"There was all sorts of gossip on the summer but we were very firm in our leadership, from the top right the way through, that this was something we didn't want to do.

"It was a great credit to the owners and the leadership of the club that they stood by what my thoughts were as a manager and they backed it all the way."

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