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first_img Press Association The American has said it would be “ludicrous” for Liverpool to allow the Uruguay striker to join a rival Premier League club and stressed it was too late in the transfer window to seek a replacement. Suarez has made no secret of his desire to leave Anfield, hoping to join a club that can offer him Champions League football. But Henry has now stressed he will have to stay with Liverpool and join their push for a top-four finish next season. Henry said, according to the Liverpool Echo newspaper: “We are not going to sell Luis. “He is one of the best players in the world. I have no reason to believe that he won’t continue to be. “The club is headed in the right direction and this episode is not going to stop us. It is what we are all focused on right now.” Liverpool’s target is the elite level of European football, and captain Steven Gerrard has said recently that Suarez holds the key to how the club will perform in the new campaign. Henry knows the significance of Champions League football, which as well as offering the prospect of challenging for a trophy Liverpool have won five times also offers huge financial benefits. Henry said: “I think for all of the top clubs it’s extremely important. Especially for Liverpool, since we have not been in Europe and are not in Europe this year – and we haven’t been in the Champions League for a while – obviously to sell Luis to a rival for one of those positions would be ludicrous. “I have told Ivan Gazidis that Luis is not for sale. I am unequivocal on that.” Liverpool’s principal owner John W Henry on Thursday night insisted the club will not be selling Luis Suarez this summer. Henry stressed Arsenal would be wasting their time with another offer for Suarez, having had an offer of £40million plus £1 rejected. The suggestion from the Suarez camp that such an offer should trigger a clause allowing him to leave has been dismissed out of hand by Liverpool. And Henry ruled out granting the 26-year-old his wish to join Arsenal, or any other side. Henry said: “Luis Suarez is a Liverpool player come what may.” He stressed Liverpool were simply not in a position to allow their most potent goalscorer to depart, with the Barclays Premier League season beginning on Saturday week and the club determined to improve significantly on last season’s seventh-placed finish. “It’s not finances, it is football. That’s why I said at this point, this late in the window, everyone has already moved and we haven’t identified anyone who hasn’t already moved – or isn’t moving – to replace him,” Henry said. “So it’s for football reasons and especially not to Arsenal. I think we made that clear early on.” last_img read more

first_imgSanogo strugglesWith the news that talismanic frontman Olivier Giroud was ruled out for three to four months with a broken tibia, many were wondering who can fill the void for Arsenal.Manager Arsène Wenger bullishly insisted in his pre-match news conference that the squad had more than enough depth to cope with the loss of the Frenchman and that he wouldn’t be dipping into the transfer market for a replacement. In this potentially tricky encounter at the King Power Stadium, Wenger opted to start with the more physical presence of Yaya Sanogo as the lone striker. A frustrating afternoon ensued for the forward as he failed to take opportunities to net for the visitors, due to a combination of poor composure and good goalkeeping. While Wenger has a good record in converting raw talent into superstars, with a notable example being Thierry Henry, the lack of a top quality striker means that the patience of Gunners fans continues to run thin.Ramsey makes his markSince the departure of Cesc Fàbregas to Barcelona in 2011, the Gunners have been searching for a player who fits into the same mould. During last season they looked to have uncovered this as Aaron Ramsey came to the fore, with a combination of speed, skill and quality finishing, as he notched 16 goals in all competitions. His importance to the team was outlined by the fact that during his absence through injury, Arsenal’s win percentage fell to 55. That momentum has continued into 2014-15 with a pair of crucial league strikes against Crystal Palace and Everton. With the inclusion ofSanti Cazorla in the starting line-up, the Welshman was implemented in a deeper role and his impact proved to be a hard-working display. Although much of the talk has centered around signings on the field, the addition of fitness coach Shad Forsythe may prove vital, as he looks to ensure that the exciting talent of Ramsey is available for all of the campaign.Leicester show their stomach for their fightWhen you looked at the fixtures awaiting Nigel Pearson’s side at the start of the Premier League campaign, you may have feared for their survival chances. The Foxes have defied all of their doubters in the opening credits of the season as they have produced a trio of good performances against teams competing for the top four spots. After twice coming from behind on the opening day against Everton and stifling Chelsea and Arsenal for long periods with an organised and energetic approach, Pearson’s team illustrated that they will be difficult to beat. Despite a lack of top-flight experience in their ranks, with a combined total of 550 appearances in their line-up, Leicester have a good team ethic and will look to build on this encouraging start.last_img read more