Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has insisted Luis Suarez will not be leaving Anfield to join Arsenal.
Gerrard was speaking ahead of England’s friendly with Scotland on Wednesday evening when he expressed confidence that Suarez would not be allowed to join another Premier League club.
Arsenal have already had two bids for the Uruguay international rejected by Liverpool, the second of which was for £40,000,001 in what turned out to be the mistaken assertion it would activate a release clause in Suarez’s contract.
Arsene Wenger was reportedly set for an unprecedented level of transfer expenditure this summer, but that, like a deal for Suarez, has failed to materialise and the only arrival at Emirates Stadium this summer is France Under-20 striker Yaya Sanogo on a free transfer.
Suarez went public last week with his desire to leave Liverpool, but manager Brendan Rodgers and owner John W Henry were bullish in their assertion he would not be sold.
Gerrard backed up that feeling with his latest comments and was sure his side’s top scorer from last season would only be wearing a Liverpool shirt in the Premier League and assured he would be doing all he could to make sure of that.
“I am really confident Luis won’t be going to anyone else in England,” he is quoted as saying in The Sun.
“He is one of the best players in the world, so I can understand why clubs are showing an interest in him, but if I can use my influence to try to make him stay, of course I will do that.
“I enjoy playing with him and I don’t want him to go.
“For Liverpool to be successful and to keep moving forward, we need to keep our best players.”
Arsenal are now reportedly looking at other striking options as they their hopes of landing Suarez fade, with Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko and Swansea City’s Michu possible option.