Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says that star striker Luis Suarez is fully aware of the clubs policy of rejecting bids for their top scorer.
So far two bids from Arsenal have been rejected including the one that was thought to trigger a buyout clause.
The summer transfer window closes the end of this month giving Arsenal or even Real Madrid should they be interested 30 more days to consider bidding for the Uruguayan who Liverpool value at around £55 million.
Despite wanting to speak with Arsenal Liverpool are playing hardball fully expecting Suarez to still be playing for Liverpool once the season gets underway August 17th.
“It’s a story that can keep running but for me there is no new news,” Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo.
“Luis is happy. He totally understands the club’s point of view. He’s in a difficult position in terms of not being able to play because of his suspension – he will sit out the first six games and he will miss playing football.
“But he’s working hard and remains part of the group. He hasn’t been moping about. It’s obviously difficult when you come back after a break but he has settled in and has been working well.
“He needs to get up to speed and we will continue to work to get all the players ready for the first game of the season.”
Suarez has to finish his ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic last season during a Liverpool v Chelsea match for which he received a ten match ban which still has six games remaining.
“It could have unsettled them but it hasn’t,” Rodgers added. “It says a lot about their professionalism: the environment that we’re creating is that the star will always be the team.
“We want to have top players here but if for whatever reason we don’t, we will always know we can rely on the team and each other.
“The harmony in the group is very good. The spirit is strong. Right across the club there is a one club mentality. If we can keep it that way we can have a great season.”