Liverpool manager Rodgers asks Suarez to say sorry – but will he?

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The wantaway forward has made his desire to leave Anfield known, and will not feature for the Merseysiders until then until he apologises.

Brendan Rodgers is adopting a firm stance with forward Luis Suarez, firstly by making the attacker train by himself and now asking him to apologise for previous comments.

Suarez went public with his intention to leave Liverpool this summer, as the South American forward looks to broker a transfer to a club playing the Champions League. With Arsenal in the wings waiting to see what will happen, Suarez and Liverpool are at an impasse after Rodgers’ last comments.

"There are a couple of things Luis can do," Rodgers said in regards to Suarez being brought back to first team consideration at Anfield.

"Initially there has to be a recognition and apology to his team-mates and the club. Then, when we get that commitment back from him that he's ready to fight as he always has done.

“Luis Suarez has fought tirelessly for this club from day one so when I see he's not the same Luis Suarez I have to protect the fans and the players of this club because they deserve more than that. When he returns from his international trip next week we will take it from there."

Rodgers’ stance is commendable, as he tries to defend his club and show the player that disrespect will not be tolerated. However, if Suarez really wants to push for a transfer, the Northern Irish manager has given him a chance to do so. If the Uruguayan opts not to apologise, he will remain away from the first team, and Liverpool may have no choice but to sell him. Keeping a £40 million asset in the reserves benefits no one.

It appears that Rodgers and Suarez are playing a game of transfer chicken. Both will be waiting for the other to back down.Similarly, no player wants to be on the outskirts while the first team is playing the first game of the season, and Suarez may well be tempted to apologise to get back to the action.

Suarez’s comments mean that if he does leave Liverpool this summer it will be with a bitter taste in the mouth. The Reds fans, who have backed the Uruguayan through thick and thin in his time at Anfield, all of a sudden will feel contempt for the player due to his public display of disrespect for the club that brought him into the limelight.

With the standoff unlikely to be broken before the start of the new season, this transfer saga looks set to go right down to the wire.

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