Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has hit out at the constant speculation surrounding the future of want-away striker Luis Suarez - and has told his players not to allow the Uruguayan to 'sabotage' Liverpool's start to the Premier League season.
Speaking at a pre-match press conference on Thursday ahead of the opening day of the season, the Anfield chief was keen to focus on Liverpool and not Suarez, before announcing he would not be speaking about the 26-year-old's future again until late September.
"I won't be speaking any more about Luis Suarez until he is available [again from suspension]," Rodgers said.
"What I want to concentrate on is the players that are available for this weekend."
Suarez will sit out the remaining six games of his 10-match ban after receiving the suspension in April for biting Chelsea defender, Branislav Ivanovic.
The relationship between Suarez and Liverpool remains strained, with the controversial striker reportedly denying quotes from the El Observador newspaper back in his homeland, stating he'd reluctantly chosen to stay at Anfield because of "all of the people's affection."
And Rodgers is looking for clarification from Suarez - who has been subject of two big money bids from Arsenal - when he returns to the club today from international duty.
Publicly however, Rodgers' stance remains unchanged - Suarez is going nowhere.
"There's too much good work gone on here for it to be overtaken by anything else," said Rodgers before the vow of silence came into force.
"The players have worked so hard, their concentration has been brilliant and we are all very determined this year.
"I can't let anything detract from that. Nothing can sabotage what we are trying to do.
"I don't really want to go on about it. It's just something we cannot afford to happen."
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