Liverpool morning news: Reds 'just weren't selling' Suarez, Gerrard hails Uruguayan as a 'genius'

A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Monday morning

Liverpool principal owner John W Henry has revealed that Luis Suarez did have a £40m + £1 clause in his contract which Arsenal triggered during the summer.

Henry explained that contracts don’t seem to hold and is quoted in several newspapers last night and this morning, saying: “What we’ve [Fenway Sports Group] found, is that contracts don’t seem to mean a lot in England – actually, in world football.

“Since apparently these contracts don’t seem to hold, we took the position that we’re just not selling.”

Steven Gerrard has described the Uruguayan as a ‘genius’ in an interview with the Liverpool Echo following Liverpool’s 3-0 away against Southampton, which has moved Liverpool up into second place, ahead of Arsenal on goal difference.

Gerrard said: “People had been talking about him going five games without a goal but his contribution to the team has never wavered.

“He is very unselfish. At times he’s been asked to play in a wider role and he has shown what a great team player he is.

“Even when he wasn’t scoring, he was still terrorising defenders and creating goals for us.”

Following the win over Southampton, there is growing belief that Liverpool can mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title. With ten games remaining, the Reds are four points adrift of Chelsea at the top of the table, and Rodgers thinks the side has been getting better in the second half of the season.

“Over the years people have expected us to tail off. Now I think we’re getting stronger.

“I’ve always said we always get better in the second half of a season. Last year we did the same. This year we do the same.”

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