Comolli: Liverpool not big enough for Suarez (Arsenal maybe)

Former Liverpool executive Damien Comolli has said it’s understandable for Luis Suarez to want to move to Arsenal, saying that Liverpool are just a top-eight club.

Suarez is said to be considering taking legal action to try and force a move to Arsenal, who have had two bids rejected, the latest being one pound over £40million, leading to Brendan Rodgers accusing Arsenal of ‘playing a game’ over the Uruguayan striker.

Comolli, who signed the Uruguayan while Director of Football Strategy at Liverpool in January 2011, told the BBC that Liverpool can't match the striker's ambition.

'Luis is extremely ambitious and with all due respect to Liverpool they’re a top-eight side, not top-four like Arsenal', he said.

Liverpool will play no part in European competition this season, with Arsenal about to embark on their 17th consecutive campaign in the Champions League - a competition Liverpool last featured in in 2009 under Rafa Benitez.

Suarez – who scored 30 goals in all competitions last season – believes that Arsenal’s latest bid triggered a cause in his contract allowing him to speak to clubs who have made a bid in excess of £40million - something which Liverpool deny, saying they only have to inform the player of a bid, not accept it.

Liverpool are desperate to keep hold of the Uruguayan, who still has six games of his ten game ban remaining for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic.

Comolli’s comments will not go down well with Liverpool fans, or the club, as they would argue that Liverpool's prestigious history and pulling power – such as selling out the MCG on their pre-season tour of Australia – are examples of still being one of the biggest names in world football.

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