Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has said that Liverpool and Suarez maintain a good relationship and the player has not let down his former club

Luis Suarez’s transfer to Barcelona has been one of the biggest highlights of the transfer window and the summer in general. Suarez has continuously found himself in the limelight for a while now, from enjoying a stellar season with Liverpool, to biting an opponent for the third time and then still successfully managing to be prized away by a huge club like Barcelona.

Brendan Rodgers has spoken about the player and maintained that there is no tension between the two parties and that Suarez gave everything for the club.

“Luis hasn’t let me or the club down at all – he gave everything for Liverpool,” Rodgers said.

“Of course there have been issues, but they’re in the past. He was a brilliant player for us and for me, and I will always see him as a good man and a good friend.

Rodgers insisted however, that Liverpool is bigger than the talismanic player and that the club would move forward into a new, exciting season without him

“It’s a shame he’s not here but Liverpool, as a club, is bigger than any individual and we will move forward without him”

“It’s really exciting going into this season. We’ve qualified for the Champions League and brought in some good players. Hopefully we’ll progress.”

Brendan Rodgers has been busy in the transfer market so far and has  bought Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana from Southampton, Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen and Lazar Markovic from Benfica. The club is close to signing Loic Remy from QPR, Dejan Lovren from Southampton and Divock Origi from Lille. Liverpool are also linked to Real Madrid’s Isco, Atletico Madrid’s Javier Manquillo and Sevilla’s Alberto Moreno.

Liverpool are currently in the United States of America for their pre-season tour and their arrival was soon followed by Steven Gerrard formally announcing his retirement from international football. The Liverpool manager praised his captain and said that his retirement as England captain could help the club in their quest for trophies as their influential captain would be fresher now.

“I’ve spent a lot of time speaking with Steven and I know how much it means to him to play for and captain England – he was a wonderful captain,” the Reds boss said.

“But Liverpool means everything to him and there’s certainly no doubt missing out on international football means he will be fresher and at his optimum level as often as possible for us.”