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Rodgers: We tried to keep Suarez

2014-07-17 10:24
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Cape Town - Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists he and the club did everything they could to try and keep Luis Suarez at Anfield.

According to the Liverpool Echo website, Suarez wanted to leave the club and Rodgers was unable to convince him otherwise.

"He wanted to go and play in Spain, and unfortunately when a player no longer wants to play for you, we need as a club to look at it," said Rodgers.

"It was his decision for him to go, he's gone to Barcelona, a club he wanted to play for and now we'll move on.

"I'm not sure if he would have gone regardless of the World Cup. But I never felt that towards the end of the season, and likewise he never said he would give us another year either. He had obviously signed a new deal so we had that."

Despite losing arguably one of the world's greatest strikers, the Reds boss is adamant that Liverpool will cope without him and will come back stronger and more determined next season.

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