We for­give Lu, so stop at Kop ONE more year

Midweek Sport - - ON THE NOSE - By TIM ABRA­HAM

LIVER­POOL are ready to for­give and for­get bad boy Luis Suarez’s be­hav­iour over the sum­mer in a last-ditch bid to keep him at An­field.

The Uruguay striker has pub­licly spo­ken of his de­sire to quit Mersey­side, but he won’t be al­lowed to leave the club for less than £40mil­lion.

Liver­pool’s pre­ferred op­tion is to keep Suarez for at least ONE more sea­son to help them get back into the Cham­pi­ons League.

Club of­fi­cials had con­sid­ered dis­ci­plin­ing Suarez for his at­tempts to force a move away, but have now soft­ened their stance in an ef­fort to ap­pease the player.

Reds boss Bren­dan Rodgers has been in reg­u­lar con­tact with Suarez to defuse the sit­u­a­tion and per­suade him to be a part of the club’s im­me­di­ate fu­ture.

Suarez in­sists he is des­per­ate to play in the Cham­pi­ons League, with Arse­nal and Chelsea both in the mar­ket to sign the con­tro­ver­sial front­man.

Ex­cit­ing

The 26-year-old wants to go to Real Madrid, but the Span­ish gi­ants have yet to make a move with boss Carlo Ancelotti stalling on blow­ing the re­main­der of his trans­fer bud­get.

Suarez is due to link up with the Liver­pool squad later this month, as he is en­joy­ing a break af­ter play­ing for Uruguay at the Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup.

Reds skip­per Steven Ger­rard is op­ti­mistic there will be a few more sign­ings be­fore the new Pre­mier League cam­paign gets un­der way, with the aim to at least claim a Cham­pi­ons League spot.

Four new play­ers have al­ready been brought in but Ger­rard, who has put pen to pa­per on a two-year con­tract ex­ten­sion at An­field, be­lieves fur­ther strength­en­ing is needed.

“Ev­ery fan out there, and the play­ers, are no dif­fer­ent – we want to see a few more faces to strengthen the team and squad even more,” said Ger­rard.

“It is an ex­cit­ing time when you get a cou­ple of new faces in to freshen the squad up.”

Liver­pool are set to send flop Ous­sama As­saidi on a sea­son-long loan to Feyeno­ord if they are un­able to get rid of the winger per­ma­nently.

The Morocco in­ter­na­tional has been made avail­able for trans­fer, hav­ing failed to win over Rodgers since his move from Heeren­veen 12 months ago.

Liver­pool want to sell the 24-year-old, but with sev­eral clubs un­will­ing to meet his wage de­mands a loan move back to Hol­land is on the cards.

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