By Mark Finlay
Liverpool say they anticipate Luis Suarez to respect his agreement in the wake of his admission he would like to leave the club.
Suarez has given progressively strong hints in recent days that he sees his future away from Anfield, culminating in an interview in which he accused the English media for his wanting to leave.
The £23m striker has been ostracized by many after biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, telling a press conference in Uruguay he and his family no longer feel secure in while he plays in the Premiership.
Liverpool has issued a statement in answer contradicting Suarez’s assertion that Liverpool Brendan Rodgers is aware of him wanting to leave.
“Luis Suarez is not for sale – neither Luis or his representatives have communicated these feelings directly to LFC.
“The club remains supportive of Luis and expect him to honour his contract. We will not be making any further comment at this stage.”
Suarez marked a new deal last summer and is bound for another four years, but he told the Uruguayan press:
“I think it’s understandable that I leave.
“My reason for leaving is not the money. If it were the money I would have left already. My main reason is my family and my image. The coach and my colleagues know that the press didn’t treat me well. I don’t feel comfortable any more.
“I couldn’t go to my garden or the supermarket. I couldn’t do anything. I know it is normal being followed by the press, but it was too much.
“They talk about me being the named as the best player in England, but I knew that wasn’t going to happen. I knew it because of the way the treated me.
“The straw that broke the camel’s back (biting Ivanovic) was my mistake. I accept my fault, but they went too far.”
Real Madrid are confirmed admirers of Suarez, although his agency has refuted that a four-year deal with the Spanish giants is currently in place.
Suarez said: “I don’t have any offer yet. I don’t know when I will leave or even if I will finally leave or I will stay. The club knows what I think and what I want. I don’t know what will happen but I have a contract. If I stay, I will do my best.”