Liverpool would have sold Luis Suarez early this summer, says John W. Henry
Liverpool owner John W. Henry has suggested the club were ready to sell Luis Suarez at the start of the summer, despite their public proclamations that he was not for sale.
Henry now says that Suarez will not be sold under any circumstances because it is too late in the transfer window.
He said: “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.”
Asked if he would have been prepared to do business earlier in the summer, he told The Guardian: “We made that clear early-on.”
Now Henry is adamant that the Uruguay international will not be sold this summer.
He said: “We are not going to sell Luis.
“For all the top clubs it’s extremely important [not to sell to a rival] but especially for Liverpool because 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.”
He continued: “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 [Gazidis] we would not sell to Arsenal.”