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Reds play down Suarez quotes


Uruguay and Liverpool's Luis Suarez. Picture: REUTERS/Andres Stapff

Uruguay and Liverpool's Luis Suarez. Picture: REUTERS/Andres Stapff

Uruguay and Liverpool's Luis Suarez. Picture: REUTERS/Andres Stapff

LIVERPOOL may lose a Uruguay international this summer but they are determined it will not be star striker Luis Suarez.

Reds managing director Ian Ayre went on the defensive after Suarez suggested in an interview in his homeland that he would listen to offers from a Champions League club.

Ayre suggested the comments may have been lost in translation and reiterated their intention to keep the 26-year-old at Anfield.

The same, however, may not be true for compatriot Sebastian Coates, who has expressed his dissatisfaction about a lack of playing time under manager Brendan Rodgers this season.

There is no doubt Liverpool would be happier if it transpired the centre-back was the one who departed for pastures new in the summer and not the Premier League's leading goalscorer.

Whether that option is available to them remains to be seen but it is more than likely their resolve will be tested in relation to Suarez, although Ayre is confident they can keep him out of the clutches of Europe's top clubs.

"There is always going to be instances, particularly leading up to the summer (transfer) window, when people are quoted or asked these questions," said the managing director.

"We've been consistent with Luis. Last summer he signed a new four-year contract and we have no desire to sell Luis. We've been very honest with him and he's been very honest with us.

"Every player is going to get approached by clubs because that is the nature of the game. Every player has a choice – that's part of the game. He has a four-year contract with us and we hope he will see that through.

"He is a fantastic player and a great contributor to our team. We are very pleased to have Luis and long may that continue."

Suarez has repeatedly stressed he is happy at Anfield, and did so in his latest interview while on World Cup qualifier duty for matches against Paraguay and Chile.

It is an assertion supported by international and club team-mate Coates, who is less happy about his stay on Merseyside.

"Luis is a star, the club identifies with him and he is very happy, the city also loves him," the defender told Uruguayan newspaper El Observador.

"He is doing everything right and that's why people idolise him."

Of his own future Coates, who has featured 10 times this campaign but only three times in the league with one start, said: "I want to play, and most of all to be involved in the Uruguayan team like every other player.

"With that in mind I need to play, whether in Liverpool or somewhere else. I have a contract until 2016 but don't know what will happen in the future. I will wait until the end of the season and then speak to the club."

Meanwhile, midfielder Joe Allen has undergone successful surgery on a problem with his left shoulder which will keep him out until next season.

"Joe Allen had surgery this morning, which went very well," Liverpool's head of performance Glen Driscoll said.

"It's going to be a relief for Joe that this has now happened for him.

"It has been quite a long-standing issue. He was repetitively subluxing, so his shoulder was coming out very easily and very often.

"It was a procedure that was very important. He should be fit 12 weeks from now, so he'll be fighting fit for the start of pre-season.

"I think he has done amazingly well. Anyone who has ever had repetitive subluxations of shoulders will know there is a lot of apprehension involved.

"When you know this is happening, it's not just the pain that occurs it's the apprehension.

"He has done very well to get through this and it's great for him that we can draw a line under this, get him fit and see how he goes next season."