Rodgers: Suarez must apol­o­gize

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS - By AGENCE FRANCEPRESSE in Dublin

Dis­grun­tled Liver­pool striker Luis Suarez must apol­o­gize to his club and team­mates if he wants to be wel­comed back into the squad, man­ager Bren­dan Rodgers said.

Rodgers said Suarez, who was seek­ing a move away from the Mersey­side club dur­ing the off­sea­son, will need to mend re­la­tions when he re­turns from play­ing for Uruguay in a friendly in Ja­pan on Wed­nes­day.

“Ini­tially there will be an apol­ogy to his team­mates and the club, then a recog­ni­tion that he is ready to fight for the club,” Rodgers said af­ter Liver­pool lost to Celtic in Dublin on Satur­day.

“I know that we are not see­ing the Luis Suarez I know. He has spent some days work­ing on his own. When he comes back from Uruguay we will see how it goes fur­ther,” he said. “We are all on the same page. He won’t be go­ing to Arse­nal, that’s for sure. When Luis is com­mit­ted to the cause, we will wel­come him back with open arms.”

Liver­pool turned down a 40 mil­lion pound ($62 mil­lion) of­fer from Pre­mier League ri­val Arse­nal af­ter Suarez sought to ex­tri­cate him­self from his con­tract on the ba­sis that the club had failed to qual­ify for the Cham­pi­ons League this sea­son.

“I was made aware at the end of last sea­son that a num­ber of clubs would come in. The re­al­ity is that one have done,” said Rodgers.

Rodgers or­dered Suarez to train alone af­ter he told Span­ish sports daily Marca in mid­week he wanted an “am­i­ca­ble agree­ment” to leave Liver­pool and thought a bid over 40 mil­lion pounds was enough to trig­ger a clause in his con­tract.

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