Liverpool weekend round-up: Post-match reaction and Suarez touches down

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All the news, views and transfer rumours from Anfield this weekend…

Despite already being busy during this transfer window, Liverpool continue to be linked with potential new arrivals. To read our Liverpool-specific transfer news you can find our Saturday report here and our Sunday report here.

One man heavily linked with a move away from the Reds this summer is Luis Suarez. But the player has now arrived in Australia to join his teammates on their pre-season tour.

Brendan Rodgers had already stated the need for the Uruguayan to carry out his club obligations despite his desire to leave.

Speaking yesterday the manager said, “I’m looking forward to seeing him, he’s a player I’ve always supported. I understand the situation but the bottom line is he is employed by the club.”

How much longer that is the case remains to be seen. But with talks between the player and manager expected tomorrow, we may know sooner rather than later.

Suarez will have to wait a little longer to be reunited with his teammates, as they travel from Jakarta following their 2-0 win over an Indonesia XI yesterday.

Goals from Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling gave the Reds the victory. And after the match Rodgers spoke of his satisfaction at the result and the performance.

Our objective was to develop our fitness and it was important that nobody was injured,” he said.

We want to be prepared to win Premier League games and I couldn’t ask for more from the players at this early stage of the season.”

The manager has also revealed the reasons for Pepe Reina’s loan-move to Napoli.

Along with the fact the Spaniard was desperate for first-team football in the run-up to a World Cup, the decision was also a financial one.

With the club needing to trim their wage bill, the choice was made to move the 'keeper on.

And finally, defender Jose Enrique has high hopes for the season ahead.

Speaking after the match against Indonesia XI the left-back said, “We already have a great team and we have some more new players and of course with more additions we can fight for everything.”

Fighting for everything is admirable, but winning just one will do very nicely for Liverpool come the end of the new campaign.

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