Liverpool owner John W. Henry has hit out at Premier League rivals Arsenal, after they bid £40,000,001 for Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez.

The irregular figure was offered to Liverpool in order to test a clause that would prompt Liverpool to inform Suarez that the bid has been made. However, they are under no requirement to accept the bid as part of the clause. 

Despite signing a new contract at the Anfield club last summer, Luis Suarez informed the club and press of his intentions to depart, citing personal issues with life in England as the reason for his decision. 

It is believed that Suarez had been hoping for an approach from Real Madrid, which has not been forthcoming.

Suarez continues to have a ban for biting hanging over his head, with six games of his ten game ban left to serve.

Arsenal now lead the race to sign the controversial star, who bagged twenty-three goals in thirty-three Premier League games last season. 

Despite seeing their second bid for the 26-year-old rejected, Arsenal are expected to persist in their attempts to lure the striker away from Liverpool.

Liverpool owner John W Henry hit out at Arsenal over their pursuit of the forward, this morning tweeting: "What do you think they're smoking over there at Emirates?"

It is unclear whether Henry's reference questions Arsenal's pursuit or the financial significance of the two proposed offers to-date.

Suarez, who joined Liverpool for £23m in a high-profile switch from Ajax, has scored fifty-one goals in ninety-six competitive appearances.

The forward was recently reminded by manager Brendan Rodgers that whilst he intends to do everything with his power to retain the services of Suarez, that no player is bigger than the club.

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