By Mark Finlay

Despite Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers saying that he is in constant touch with star striker Luis Suarez, the Northern Irishman faces an uphill battle to keep the Uruguayan striker at Anfield following the controversial striker’s comments yesterday when talking to radio yesterday saying:  “If I receive an important offer to progress my career, I will study it. Some clubs have asked about me but I hand questions over to my agent. I am no stranger to rumours.”

Then the 26-year-old went on to say: “I always want to improve. That’s why I left Ajax for Liverpool.

“But this club needs to fight to enter the Champions League and, when it doesn’t happen, it damages the morale of any player. So I’ve suffered.

“It is hard to view the Premier League every week with never a chance of winning it.

“On top of that, the English media do not understand me. The controversies with Evra and Ivanovic were decisive. There are always extra questions when people analyse me.

“After the Evra incident, it was very difficult to convince people about the ‘real’ Luis Suarez. Things had improved but then the incident involving Ivanovic was another blow.

“Had that not happened, perhaps I would have been regarded as the best Premier League player last season.”

He added: “I consider my punishment over Ivanovic to be excessive but I accept the decision. It’s damaged my career.

“I don’t look for controversy but opponents are always provoking me. This is my challenge — to avoid responding.

“I have no problems with Brendan Rodgers.

“After those incidents, I received many messages of encouragement. The Liverpool supporters have been the best part of my time in England.”

Liverpool Value their prized asset at around £50 million, but will entertain offers of over £40 million even though they are still claiming that Suarez is not for sale.