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Luis Suárez is Going Nowhere, Says Liverpool’s Owner John W Henry: Nightly Soccer Report

john w henry Luis Suárez is Going Nowhere, Says Liverpools Owner John W Henry: Nightly Soccer Report

Liverpool owner John W Henry has come down hard on Luis Suarez, saying that the striker will not be sold to Arsenal or any other European club this summer.

Henry said:

“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 others at Arsenal and told him [Ivan Gazidis] we would not sell to Arsenal.

“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.”

The ball is now firmly in Suarez’s court to face the realization that he’ll need to change his attitude and concentrate on playing with belief and conviction for Liverpool instead of trying to force a move away from Anfield.

At the same time, it means that Arsenal have wasted a lot of time and energy into trying to sign a player that Liverpool don’t want to get rid of, which means it’s back to the drawing board for Gazidis and Wenger.

Is John W Henry blowing smoke, or is Suarez really not for sale? Tell us your opinion in the comments section below.

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9 Responses to Luis Suárez is Going Nowhere, Says Liverpool’s Owner John W Henry: Nightly Soccer Report

  1. Doc Brody says:

    Well i think that is that then.

    American businessmen at Henry’s level tend to be straight talkers. Suarez will be a Liverpool player at least through January.

  2. Adrand says:

    John is speaking with conviction and wont sell to Arsenal. Its just not right to do that. Luis will play for Liverpool at least until January. He should look for a club outside Englant for him to move on even in the January window else he will be stuck at Liverpool.

  3. NP says:

    Worst thing you could do is keep a player that wants out. On the one hand its good that a club is holding the power trying to put a stop to player power but on the other hand if they had a verbal agreement last year then Liverpool should sell.
    Teams will be back in January because Suarez will not be cup tied in the champs league.

    A major concern is Suarez’s state of mind during the season because he will always be trying to make a move in January and what his attitude is like in training after seeing teams play in the champs league midweek. Does Henry understand the importance of champions league for top players…its not like american sports where the domestic leagues are the pinnacle of those sports.

    • CTRed says:

      Ofc he does – which is why hes not selling him to the one club that LFC has a realistic chance of getting that UCL spot

  4. NP says:

    I do like how Henry is coming out strong….Silent Stan in the other corner is still silent.

  5. Dean Stell says:

    It probably just gets harder to sell any player as the transfer window starts to close. It’s all well and good to speculate about selling someone like Rooney or Suarez in June and early July because you know you have lots of time to replace that player and remake your team. Now if you sell them, you might just have to play the season with money instead of another player because you might not be able to get the next move.

    There’s always going to be some club that is left with less good players than they thought they would have. It’s like musical chairs.

    At the very least, you’d expect that prices go up toward the end of August.

  6. Mike says:

    Interesting story. I was there when this picture was taken. I had just asked him if he could do the Carlton dance from the Fresh Prince of Belair. He said, “Naaaah. I’ve been practicing, but I’m a very busy guy.” It took some prodding, but I got this half-hearted try out of him.

  7. Clampdown says:


    For one thing, Suarez has never dogged it on the pitch. He may be sulking in training, but I can’t imagine he would put in less than a full effort during a match. As we’ve all seen, he’ll do anything to win.

    Is he for sale? Sure he is, at a price LFC thinks is proper and to a club outside of England.

    Come January there will be clubs mulling their chances in the Champions League, and Suarez won’t be cup-tied.

  8. Bucky says:

    He has already backed off and said it will be Rodgers’ choice. Rodgers and Suarez will meet one more time.

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