Liverpool stand firm on Suarez
Unsettled Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was at the club's Melwood training ground on Friday after owner John W Henry had insisted he will not be sold to Arsenal for any price.
Suarez - who is training on his own as the rest of the Liverpool squad head to Dublin for a pre-season friendly against Celtic - has claimed he was promised he would be sold if Liverpool failed to qualify for this season's Champions League.
Arsenal have bid £40million plus one pound for the Uruguay forward in hope of activating a reported clause in the player's contract - something Liverpool say does not exist.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers also denies any promises were made and has accused Suarez of lacking respect whilst club owner Henry insists Suarez will not be allowed to join a rival Premier League team.
"We are not going to sell Luis," said Henry. "We're not in Europe this year and have not been in the Champions League for a while. To sell to a rival for those positions, or one of them, would be ludicrous.
"Liverpool needs to be playing in Europe, it needs to be playing in the Champions League. That's what Liverpool football club is about."
"I'm unequivocal that we won't sell to Arsenal, whatever the bid is. I have not said it to Stan (Kroenke, Arsenal's majority shareholder) but I had a personal conversation with Ivan Gazidis (Arsenal chief executive) and told him we would not sell.
"He won't be sold even if a foreign club comes in, because we do not have time to sign a suitable replacement.
"It's a football reason, it's not about finances. That's why, at this point, so late in the window, with everyone who's already moved or isn't moving, we can't replace him. So, for football reasons, we can't sell, and especially to Arsenal."
Former Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow believes Luis Suarez will have his agent to blame if it is established there is no release clause in his contract.
Purslow told Sky Sports News: "What's unusual about this case is there seems to be some significant confusion between the player and the club as to whether he did or didn't have such an escape clause.
"Yesterday it became clear that he did not have a clause, so I suspect he's pretty unhappy with his agent who got that wrong a year ago.
"I also suspect Arsenal are unhappy because they're a club who do their business extremely properly and professionally and they will have been made aware by intermediaries acting for the player that he thought such a clause existed.
"They will have done the right thing which is make a written offer to Liverpool.
"They may have spent a lot of time thinking that if they were to make an offer at that level they would be securing a player. This is not something one does on a whim.
"I suspect Arsene Wenger and Arsenal have been planning Luis Suarez as their main signing for some time and to discover that such a clause is not valid and doesn't work runs the risk of seriously wasting Arsenal's time as well."