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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Arsenal lack 'class' over their £40m pursuit of Luis Suarez

By Simon Rice

Brendan Rodgers has insisted once more that Liverpool have no interest in selling Luis Suarez - and has questioned the way Arsenal have gone about pursuing the striker.

Arsenal have seen two bids for the Uruguay international rejected - the most recent one a bid of £40m plus £1. That offer was designed to trigger a clause in the player's contract, although some have viewed the addition of just £1 as offensive to Liverpool, including Rodgers.

"I was surprised," said the Liverpool manager.

"I've got to say I've always associated Arsenal as a club with class and so there was a wee bit of a game there.

"For us, it's about moving on and doing our own work. There will come a point where they understand our position.

"Obviously they have an interest and they put that interest in with two bids which were nowhere near what the player is worth. That's within their right.

"There is a market in football for players but from us the message is constant: we do not want to sell."

Despite Suarez's chequered disciplinary record, Rodgers insists Liverpool's owners are not seeking to cash-in on their prize asset.

"I'm extremely confident that Luis will be here [next season]," he added. "The offers have come in as you would expect for one of the world's leading strikers but as time goes by I'm gaining more confidence because I have a chance to be with him on a day-to-day basis and he gets the chance to be around his team-mates.

"We're in total control of the situation as a club and that's how it will remain.

"The owners have been brilliant. If it was another club needing the money or desperate for the money it could have been a different story.

"But [owner] John Henry and Tom [Werner, chairman] have been first class through the whole process, so there are no arguments there and it gives you the confidence they are not in any hurry to sell because they understand we are trying to build here."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal remain interested in bringing Suarez to the Emirates.

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