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'Suarez should listen to fans'

Suarez said he wants to play in Spain, but now Arsenal are also showing interest.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. Picture: AFP.

MELBOURNE - Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers told Luis Suarez to think about the fans, who have treated him like "a son" after the club's American owner laughed off a bid from Arsenal for the striker's services on Wednesday.

British media reported the north London club had offered £40 million for Suarez prompting Liverpool owner John W. Henry to ask on Twitter: "What do you think they are smoking over there at Emirates?"

Arsenal's unusual bid ties in with media reports that an offer of more than £40 million triggers a clause in the Uruguay international's contract that says Liverpool must inform the striker of their Premier League rivals' interest.

"There's no doubt the market these days for top players is very small so Luis will always be linked with top clubs," Rodgers told reporters after Suarez made a cameo appearance in Liverpool's 2-0 win over local club Melbourne Victory.

"But I think the support that he's received from the supporters and the people of the city of Liverpool has been unrivalled.

"So I'm sure whatever happens in the coming weeks that will be in his mind because it's certainly something you can never forget."

Suarez was due to discuss his future with Rodgers in Melbourne after rampant speculation about his future went up a notch following reports Arsenal had made a second bid for the 26-year-old.

Suarez was left to sit on the bench until the last 20 minutes in front of more than 95,000 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, fuelling speculation that he might leave the club.

UNBEARABLE CRITICISM

Suarez signed for Liverpool from Ajax Amsterdam in January 2011 and was second top scorer in the Premier League with 23 goals last season but his brilliant performance has been clouded by episodes of controversial misdemeanours.

He still has to serve six matches of a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in April, which excludes pre-season friendlies.

Suarez also sparked a storm of criticism the previous season when he was found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra and earned an eight-game suspension.

"He's very much a Liverpool player," Rodgers added. "Over the course of the next number of weeks we've got to get him up to speed."

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