Brendan Rodgers has stoked the debate surrounding Luis Suarez.
Arsenal are seemingly desperate to land Luis Suarez, offering more than double their record transfer fee in a bid to land him.
He told the Telegraph: "Would it be a mistake for Luis to leave Liverpool? Yes, 100 per cent, I know what we are trying to build and grow here, so why would you swap Liverpool to go to Arsenal? I am not sure that it adds up to be honest.
“Don’t get me wrong, Arsenal has a wonderful history in its own right, but Liverpool is one of the biggest clubs in the world. I am sure Luis will have seen the sheer size and status of the club here [in Melbourne], so we’ll just see how it goes.”
We see what Rodgers is getting at, but he is both right and wrong.
Arsenal can offer Champions League football, which Liverpool cannot; while they also finished 12 points ahead of the Liverpool and took four points off them last season in the Premier League.
But Rodgers can argue that Arsenal have not won a trophy since 2005, and such a move would be a gamble if his primary objective is to win silverware, as opposed to joining Chelsea per se. And it would not take him away from the British press either.
Rodgers still seems hopeful he can persuade the striker to stay, but crucially Suarez has not spoken out himself since the bid.
And that may be when it begins to simmer down, or take a turn for the worse...
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