Suarez to travel on Liverpool tour
Merseyside club confirm they have turned down a bid from Arsenal for the striker
Luis Suarez during Uruguay’s Confederations Cup against Brazil last month. Photograph: Scott Heavey/Getty Images
Liverpool’s wantaway striker Luis Suarez has been included in the 28-man squad for their pre-season tour of Indonesia, Australia and Thailand.
Suarez’s desire to leave the Reds this summer has seemed clear from various interviews he has given over the last few weeks, but the club have stressed they do not intend to sell the 26-year-old Uruguay international and rejected an offer for him from Arsenal.
He is not part of the 25-man group set to depart John Lennon Airport this afternoon for the 12-day trip, although a statement on Liverpool’s website said that Suarez, Uruguay defender Sebastian Coates and Spain goalkeeper Jose Reina, who have been given extended time off due to their involvement in the Confederations Cup, would all be joining the party “later on in the tour”.
Suarez scored 30 goals for the Merseyside outfit last term but his campaign ended controversially after he was handed a 10-game ban — six of which he is still to serve — for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during a match at Anfield.
Among the 25 players due to fly out today are fit-again club captain Steven Gerrard, absent from the last two fixtures of 2012-13 due to a shoulder problem.
The 33-year-old midfielder yesterday signed a contract extension with the Reds understood to take him through to the summer of 2015.
The club’s quartet of new signings — goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, defender Kolo Toure and forwards Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas — are also included, while striker Daniel Sturridge, who has been nursing an ankle injury, is not involved.