Liverpool latest: Including Suarez update and Downing lifeline

A round up of the latest news and transfer rumours connected to Liverpool.

Liverpool owner John W Henry has said Luis Suarez will not be sold by the club, despite public pleas to be allowed to leave.

“We have no intention of selling one of the best players in the world to one of our rivals. We like to buy stuff, not sell. Luis Suarez is very much a Liverpool player,” said the American.

Meanwhile, former Liverpool star Steve Nicol has jumped to the defence of Suarez, who has accused the club of breaking a promise to let him leave this summer. Despite Liverpool standing by Suarez in a variety of difficult situations, Nicol suggests the forward has been wronged by the club.

PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has confirmed that Suarez has asked for help settling the dispute, which would make it easier for the Uruguayan to move to Arsenal.

“He believes the £40m amount that is mentioned, if that is offered that gives him the right to go - We have raised this issue with the Premier League, that buy-out clauses should have a great deal more clarity because I’ve never seen one yet that hasn’t caused trouble,” said Taylor.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has said the club’s move for Suarez is on standby, possibly while they wait for Suarez to hand in an official transfer request which could be delivered this week. The Gunners have already seen two bids for Suarez rejected and could still come back with a third offer.

Former Liverpool skipper Phil Thompson has questioned the logic behind Suarez’s motives should he join Arsenal, pointing out that the Gunners may not even qualify for the Champions League in the coming season, which would leave Suarez with a whole lot of egg on his face.

Should Suarez leave, it creates the dilemma for Brendan Rodgers over whether to replace him or to stick with what he has. Rodgers has indicated he feels he has enough in his strike force to try out many different methods and systems, something which he says the signing of Iago Aspas in particular allows him to do.

In more positive transfer news for Liverpool, which doesn’t have anything to do with Suarez, the club has been given a clear price by Sporting Lisbon for young defender Tiago Ilori. Reports suggest Sporting have told Liverpool, along with Tottenham Hotspur, they will have to come up with £6 million for the centre back.

Liverpool may also get drawn into a bidding war for another Sporting Lisbon target, Diego Capel, with reports suggesting Marseille are readying a third bid for the player. The French side have already seen offers of €3 million and €4 million turned down, with the third bid thought to be around €5 million. However, that’s still some way short of the £6 million Liverpool are reportedly ready to offer.

Stewart Downing could have a chance to revitalise his Liverpool career after Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew played down links to the winger. Reports this week have suggested that Newcastle will try and sign the wide man for a fee of around £5 million, £15 million less than what Liverpool originally paid Aston Villa.

In news not connected to transfers, midfielder Joe Allen has said he’s looking to re-find some of his best form in early season for the club. Allen started his Liverpool career well before injury caused some inconsistency and forced him to have surgery on a troublesome shoulder issue last March.

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