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Jul 24, 2013

Suarez plays on as Reds hold firm

The brinkmanship over Luis Suarez continues with Arsenal upping their offer, Liverpool emphatically saying no, then playing the Uruguayan striker in their Australian friendly on Wednesday night.

The two English Premier League clubs appear no closer to resolution on a possible transfer, with Arsenal making an offer of STG40 million ($A66.6 million) - plus a pound - on Wednesday, which was immediately refused by the Anfield club.

Then Liverpool made it clear Suarez wasn't for sale - at least at that price - by playing him for the final 18 minutes of the 2-0 win over A-League club Melbourne Victory at the MCG.

Usually players are hastily withdrawn from matches when advanced transfer negotiations are underway, suggesting the Reds are not seriously entertaining the Arsenal offer at this stage.

What Suarez wants though remains unclear, and his cameo appearance - in which he created the Reds' second goal - has left things murkier than ever.

Reds manager Brendan Rodgers said after the Melbourne match that there were no new developments in the Suarez situation, after this week reiterating the Uruguayan was a valued player at Liverpool.

"I've had a few conversations with Luis, so there's nothing really new to report," Rodgers said post-match.

"Obviously he's surrounded by speculation, but he's here and working with the group.

"He's a little bit tired ... after being off for three weeks, then he came on and played that 20 minutes or so. He's very much a Liverpool player."

Rodgers also believed when it came to deciding his future, Suarez would have in his mind the support he had received from Liverpool fans in the wake of his racial abuse and biting controversies.

"Whatever happens in the coming weeks, I'm sure it will be on his mind, because it's something you can never forget," Rodgers said.

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