Brendan Rodgers has revealed he is in regular contact with wantaway striker Luis Suarez as he steps up his bid to persuade the controversial player to remain at Liverpool.
The Uruguay international informed the Reds of his desire to leave Anfield this summer, with Arsenal said to be preparing a lucrative bid. Rodgers does not want to sell the 26-year-old, though, and is determined to keep him at Anfield ahead of the upcoming Premier League campaign.
"At the moment he’s on a break, we’re in constant communication," Rodgers told talkSPORT. "He’s got three years left on his contract, we don’t want to sell him. We think we can put up a real fight next season.
"I spoke to Luis, of course over the last few months, there have been a lot of speculation over his situation. The fact remains the same we value the player, he had a terrific season for us last year, and showed us his quality."
Suarez received a 10-match domestic ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic toward the end of last season, while the previous campaign he received an eight-game suspension for racial abuse. But Rodgers has insisted that despite his various controversies, Suarez is a top player and is committed to Liverpool.
"That’s something we’ve stressed, what he did was wrong at the end of last season," Rodgers said. "That’s the bottom line you can’t do that on the football pitch, but we’ve moved on from that.
"He’s a real competitor, he’s a winner, he wants Liverpool to do well, he wants to be working at the real high level."