Rodgers won't let Suarez leave

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Newly appointed Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has told his owners to forget about selling star striker Luis Suarez this summer, according to The Sun.

The former Swansea boss was announced as the long-term replacement for Kenny Dalglish in a press-conference on Thursday morning, and has already begun formulating plans ahead of the 2012-13 campaign.

Amid reports the Uruguayan international was poised to leave Anfield during the transfer window, Rodgers has moved quickly to reassure Suarez he remains very much part of his first-team plans next season.

The former Ajax forward scored an impressive 17 goals in his first full season for Liverpool and turned in a series of scintillating displays, despite being forced to serve an eight game ban after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.

A source close to the South American explained: "It is thought Juventus were about to offer £16million or try to broker a cash plus player deal involving Eljero Elia or Milos Krasic.

"But Rodgers has spoken with Luis to gain his confidence and explain the new project and his role in the team. Luis is calm about everything."

Liverpool won the Carling Cup last season and were also losing finalists in the FA Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley, but endured a disappointing campaign in the Premier League which resulted in a lowly eighth place finish.

Rodgers' immediate task will be to improve the Reds' domestic showing and try to navigate a return to the Champions League next year.

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