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Carragher slams Suarez behaviour

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has told wantaway striker Luis Suarez to sort himself out as relations between the player and the club deteriorate.

Manager Brendan Rodgers is making the player train on his own after the Uruguay international accused him of reneging on a deal he claims was struck last summer which would to allow him to leave should the club not qualify for the Champions League and receive a suitable offer.

The Reds boss has taken the unusual step of taking a hard line with his star player, with the full backing of owner John Henry who has arrived on Merseyside after watching Wednesday's friendly in Norway.

Henry has previously kept his distance to the issue, having been in communication with Rodgers and managing director Ian Ayre from America, but now has the chance to see for himself just how toxic the situation has become.

Carragher believes it is time his former team-mate started to realise how badly his behaviour in angling for a transfer reflects on him and the club.

"Sort yourself. You can't have that and can't accept that," he offered as words of advice to the troublesome South American.

"There's ways and means of going about it. Players get transferred all the time and you can't always have what you want.

"He can't carry on the way he's been carrying on. Brendan Rodgers has come out and said that nobody is bigger than the club and that's exactly right.

"If Suarez is a distraction for everyone then he needs to be taken out of the group.

"There will be agents and probably people at Arsenal talking to him but he's a grown man.

"He's not a kid, he's got a family and he needs to make his own decisions and what's right for him.

"It's also how he's coming across as a person to the Liverpool public and the country in general.

"Of course Arsenal want to get the player, but sometimes you've got to remember how people are seeing the situation and how people are looking at you."

Liverpool have so far rejected two offers from Arsenal for the 26-year-old, the second a bid of £40,000,001 which they thought would trigger a sale clause.

The Merseysiders have always maintained the £40million figure was only a point at which they had to open negotiations and not necessarily sell and Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor, having been called in to mediate, told the Press Association he also understood that to be the case.

Carragher said the club were right to stand firm on the issue, especially if it meant keeping last season's 30-goal leading scorer out of the clutches of one of their main rivals.

"Liverpool Football Club have got to protect themselves as well," the recently-retired centre-back told Sky Sports News.

"Arsenal are a big rival for a top-four place and maybe if he wanted to go somewhere else it wouldn't be such a big issue and maybe Liverpool would sanction a deal.

"Nobody wants unhappy players at the training ground or on the pitch playing. It affects other people.

"But it's very difficult for Liverpool, like the Wayne Rooney situation with Manchester United and Chelsea.

"They're direct rivals and that's the big deal. That's the problem."

Suarez still hopes to come to a "friendly" resolution despite Rodgers saying the 26-year-old has showed "total disrespect" to the club.

"My aim is to reach an agreement with the club in a friendly manner and I hope the clause we agreed a year ago is fulfilled. Up to now, it hasn't been," Suarez, who was left at home for last night's friendly against Valerenga in Norway because of injury and is unlikely to feature against Celtic in Dublin on Saturday, told Spanish newspaper Marca.

"It's not that I want to or am desperate to leave, but I like things to be clear and a year ago I made my position to the club clear."

Captain Steven Gerrard has spoken to Suarez about wanting him to stay at Anfield but the striker said the words of the long-time Liverpool man were outweighed by the lure of the Champions League.

"Gerrard has a lot of history with Liverpool and his words are very important but everyone should understand that I need to play the Champions League to keep growing as a footballer," he added.

"Now I have the chance, I want to take it. A Champions League team (Arsenal) is making a big effort to get me and one always wants to be where they feel comfortable.

"We (Suarez and his agents) had an offer from a Champions League team, we considered the situation and decided that, as a new coach (Rodgers) was coming, and the club was making a big effort to get into Europe, we should renew my contract with a new clause: if we didn't get into the Champions League I could leave if there was an offer of over £40 million."

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