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Liverpool owner John W Henry insists Luis Suarez will not leave Anfield

Liverpool’s principal owner, John W Henry, says Luis Suárez must accept he will remain at Anfield this season and has described the possibility of selling to Arsenal as “ludicrous”.

Henry says he warned Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis before Arsenal offered £40,000,001 that there was no prospect of any deal between clubs fighting for the same Champions League places.

Liverpool rank Arsenal as the last club they would negotiate with, especially following their provocative bid designed to activate an exit clause, which the Anfield board are adamant does not exist.

Henry says even it is too late even to consider a bid from overseas because there is no time to sign an alternative of Suárez’s class.

The South American now faces isolation, left to determine how he can rehabilitate himself into the squad after the transfer window, although he told Spanish newspaper Marca he still wanted an amicable resolution. “My aim is to reach an agreement with the club in a friendly manner and I hope the clause we agreed a year ago is fulfilled,” he said.

But the message from Henry was blunt. “We are not going to sell Luis. It’s a football reason. It’s not finances. At this point, so late in window, with everyone who’s already moved or isn’t moving, we do not have time to replace him.

“So for football reasons we can’t – and especially to Arsenal. We’ve made that clear. I have said to Ivan Gazidis in a personal conversation that we will not sell to Arsenal. It is unequivocal, but that doesn’t seem to slow them down so I can’t wait to see what the next bid is.

“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 Champions League positions, or one of them, would be ludicrous. Whatever the bid is, we won’t sell him. We need Luis. Hopefully this will pass.”

Suárez trained alone at Melwood again yesterday, banished for publicly criticising the club for not selling him.

Liverpool would rather keep the player against his will than allow him to damage their top-four aspirations by moving to the Emirates, and Henry is livid the confidential details of Suárez’s contract were shown to the Arsenal board.

“It should have been confidential, so absolutely it concerns me,” said Henry. “How does a club that doesn’t have permission to speak with your player see his contract?

“Unfortunately, it’s the way it works in football. People don’t speak about it publicly but that’s the way it’s run. It’s how things are done. I don’t think there’s a point reporting Arsenal because it just seems to happen everywhere, throughout football.

“I think Gordon Taylor is right when he says it’s not good for either side to have any clause. It’s not good for football and maybe the Professional Footballers’ Association can do something about this.”

Liverpool’s despair is accentuated by the fact that they have stood by Suárez through his numerous tribulations, but Henry believes there is a way back into the fold once his ­current suspension for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic is over.

“That’s going to be between the manager and player,” said Henry. “The manager is upset, as he should be, the supporters are, Luis is, but that’s going to be between those two and his team-mates. He’s one of the best players in the world. I have no reason to believe he won’t continue to be.

“If you look at the full context of what’s happened here, it’s jarring to all our supporters. The club has stood by him so strongly at a time you could question whether the club should have stood by him, but they did.

“There’s a saying in baseball about loyalty to the uniform. There’s a ­certain feeling you get when you put on a uniform as a baseball player and I’m certain it’s the same for most football players. When you put on the uniform it’s pretty special. I’d imagine for most footballers to put on the uniform of Liverpool Football Club is a big moment.”

Henry says Liverpool are still working on deals for new recruits – one of which is understood to be the £24million purchase of the Brazilian striker Diego Costa from Atlético Madrid – and finishing in the Premier League top four remains the ambition this season.

The Merseyside club’s global support was demonstrated during their recent tour of Australia and the Far East, but Henry insists it is essential that they consolidate on such enduring appeal with one-field success.

“This club can’t not be in the Champions League,” he said. “It needs to be playing in Europe. It needs to be playing in the Champions League. That’s what Liverpool Football Club is about.

“I have high expectations. We had a very good second half of last season and the reports from training and the feeling within the club among the players is good. I think we will ­surprise people this year. It will be disappointing if we don’t.

“The reality was there were 95,000 people watching us in Melbourne.

“It may well be romantic. Players usually want to win. They want to go, generally in any sport, where they can win. That’s why I think this particular episode is misguided.

“The message is that the club is heading in the right direction. This episode is not going to stop us. That’s what we are all focused on right now.”

Interview du telegraph plus complète ;)

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Pour moi c'est le signe qu'il reste. L'entraîneur peut se mouiller à mort, mais le Board ne peut pas le faire de la sorte et céder par la suite sans perdre gros par la suite.

Et avec ce cigare, il aurait pu acheter un deuxième attaquant pour le même prix ! :mrgreen:

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J'ai pas souvenir de ça mais il paraît qu'il avait donné une interview similaire avant le départ de Torres

Est-ce que quelqu'un s'en rappel ?

Exact!! le discours du board est un discours de façade! le club a tout intéret a vendre Suarez, le clash a pris trop d'ampleur!

admettons que Suarez reste, je suis pas sure que les supporters lui pardonneront!!

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Je me permets de mettre un message d'un membre de KopTalk (norvégien je suppose), qui a fait un résumé de 2 interview de Henry dans 2 journaux norvégiens :

I thought I'd share a few snippets from a couple of interviews done by the Norwegian media with JW Henry while he was here in Oslo. He made a few interesting statements.

In the first interview, with NRK (the Norwegian equivalent to the BBC), he talks about higher expectations this season than the previous season He feels the team is better than last summer, and he expects us to be proper challengers for a CL spot this season. He repeats his firm stance that Suarez will not be allowed to leave this summer.

NRK ask him: "Can you promise that Liverpool will win the league again?" Henry answers: Yes, that is why I'm here. That is our goal. But we have to build, brick by brick, first", he continues.

In this interview, he says he's put three goals for the coming season:

1. Win the FA cup

2. Win the League Cup

3. Qualify for next season's CL

Full interview here (in norwegian)

In the second interview, Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet ask him why he tweeted the "What do you think they're smoking over there at Emirates?" tweet. Henry answers: "I wanted to send a message. They sent us a message, so I wanted to send one back. I was annoyed. I probably shouldn't have done it."

He talks more about how unprofessional he feels Arsenal is, and that he's upset with UEFA for allowing FFP to become a failure. There is no control on clubs' spending, and this annoys him.

He repeats that the big goal for the coming season is to qualify for next season's CL.

Full interview here, again in Norwegian

I wanted to share these two interviews with you. I haven't heard him talk about his ambitions for a while - and now he repeats short-term ambitions (CL qualification) in both interviews, and long-term ambitions (winning the league) in one of them.

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L'article sur espn:[url="http://espnfc.com/blog/_/name/relegationzone/id/1253?cc=5739"

Beaucoup d'enseignements à tirer.

Tout d'abord,le discours est totalement cohérent avec ce que l'on a vu lors de ces dernières années.Il n'y a pas de revirement de cap.

De plus,on peut remarquer qu'ils ont une totale confiance envers BR,ce qui est une excellente chose.

Je trouve que cette interview est une excellente

stratégie, notamment car le discours semble sincère et cohérent.

Cependant,petit point négatif,ils n'ont pas parlé de l'agrandissement du stade,ce qui peut se comprendre car tout ne dépend pas que de FSG sur ce point précis.

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Liverpool FC, compte officiel sur Twitter:

@LFC: Liverpool FC today announced that Kenny Dalglish is returning to the club after accepting an invitation to join the board of directors.

Guys, the king is back!! Je ne sais pas quel rôle exactement il aura, mais ça me fait plaisir qu'il revienne à la maison!

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J'ai lu que la marque Red Bull voudrait racheter un club de Premier League, et d'en faire une équipe capable de jouer la Ligue des Champions. Liverpool serait une des equipes envisagées. Mais cette rumeur m'inquiete un peu car je n'ai pas l'impression que FSG veuille vendre le club, et si Red Bull rachete autre un club et qu'ils investissent massivement (et ils n'ont pas peur de perdre de l'argent quand on voit ce qu'ils font dans la F1), ca deviendrait de plus en plus compliqué pour Liverpool d'avoir une place pour la LDC...

http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/red-bull-looking-buy-english-2366075

http://www.le10sport.com/football/angleterre/angleterre-red-bull-lorgne-sur-la-premier-league122199

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J'ai lu que la marque Red Bull voudrait racheter un club de Premier League, et d'en faire une équipe capable de jouer la Ligue des Champions. Liverpool serait une des equipes envisagées. Mais cette rumeur m'inquiete un peu car je n'ai pas l'impression que FSG veuille vendre le club, et si Red Bull rachete autre un club et qu'ils investissent massivement (et ils n'ont pas peur de perdre de l'argent quand on voit ce qu'ils font dans la F1), ca deviendrait de plus en plus compliqué pour Liverpool d'avoir une place pour la LDC...

http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/red-bull-looking-buy-english-2366075

http://www.le10sport.com/football/angleterre/angleterre-red-bull-lorgne-sur-la-premier-league122199

Impossible que ce soit nous ils devraient s'appeler Reds bull :-)

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John Henry a acheté le Boston Globe, un des plus grands journaux de la Nouvelle-Angleterre. Ca devient un empire son truc !

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2013/10/24/john-henry-purchase-boston-globe-completed-after-worcester-judge-lifts-injunction/mfkl8W0Ficsvg4gI8I4y1I/story.html

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John Henry a acheté le Boston Globe, un des plus grands journaux de la Nouvelle-Angleterre. Ca devient un empire son truc !

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2013/10/24/john-henry-purchase-boston-globe-completed-after-worcester-judge-lifts-injunction/mfkl8W0Ficsvg4gI8I4y1I/story.html

Pensez vous que ce soit positifi ou non?

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