Henry maintains stance over Suarez

first_imgLiverpool owner John Henry appears to have no intention of selling striker Luis Suarez to Arsenal – or anyone else – on the cheap or even at all. Rodgers and managing director Ian Ayre will hold further discussions with Suarez as the tour moves to Thailand ahead of their third and final match of the trip in Bangkok on Sunday. However, agent Pere Guardiola told them both earlier this month the player wants to play Champions League football and as that cannot change for at least another 12 months the prospects of holding onto the 26-year-old appear slim. The sum of Arsenal’s bid met the requirements of a clause in Suarez’s contract which said the club had to inform the player if an offer of £40million was made. Suarez and his representatives may yet argue they are now in a position to negotiate with Arsenal but Liverpool will reject that assumption in a wrangle which could go on for some time. Press Association Sport understands when Arsenal made their first approach of £30million over a fortnight ago they were told by Liverpool then that they would not entertain selling their prize asset even for £40million. While it may seem out of character – club officials have not been able to verify it was sent by Henry himself – it undoubtedly reflects the stance of the club, who insist Suarez is not for sale and even if he was he is valued at much more. The Uruguay international played the last 20 minutes of Liverpool’s 2-0 friendly win over Melbourne Victory, providing the assist for the second goal by Iago Aspas after captain Steven Gerrard had opened the scoring in the first half. After the match manager Brendan Rodgers maintained his ‘not-for-sale’ stance but it appears he is fighting an increasingly futile battle even if the club rejected Arsenal’s offer without a second thought. “He’s been surrounded by speculation but he’s very much a Liverpool player and over the course of the next number of weeks we’ve got to get him up to speed and have him fit and raring to go for the beginning of the season,” he told his post-match press conference. Considering the support Liverpool have given in the wake of Suarez’s eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra and last season’s 10-game suspension – six of which have still to be served – for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic it would be safe to assume the club expected some loyalty in return. “There’s no doubt the market nowadays is very small and Luis will always be linked with top clubs but I think the support he’s received from the supporters and the people of the city of Liverpool has been unrivaled,” said Rodgers. “In the period of time he’s missed a lot of games for various reasons and the people have stood by him like a son and really looked after him. “So I’m sure that whatever happens in the coming weeks that will be on his mind because it’s certainly something you can never forget.” The American, principal figure in Fenway Sports Group, appeared to dismiss the Gunners’ £40million plus £1 offer in flippant fashion in a single dismissive tweet. His “What do you think they are smoking over there at Emirates” message was written on his Twitter account just after 2am local time in Boston. Press Associationlast_img read more

Defeat drops UW to No.11

first_imgSalow provides sparkoff the benchFor junior Morgan Salow, playing time has been hard to comeby so far this season, as she has only appeared in 33 of Wisconsin’s 85 games thisyear. However, in Saturdaynight’s win against the Wildcats, Salow came off the bench and provided a sparkfor the Badgers over the finally three games. “[Salow has] been the kind who, both on the left side andthe right, has been ready to go the whole year,” Waite said. One of the reasons Waite said he brought Salow into thethird game was to provide a different kind of block on the right side.“Sometimes Kat (Dykstra) can put up such a big block thatit’s actually a detriment because it’s such a target for the hitters. And ifshe’s not really on, then it really goes off for her and we can’t even defendwhen it goes out of bounds like that. Morgan’s good size, but not the same kindof block, but [she] just kept the ball in play.”For the night, Salow had six kills and chipped in with twoblocks.“(Salow) scored at some critical times. (She) had a tip — anoff-speed kill — late in the match that really made a difference for us. It wasgreat for her. It’s going to be a great confidence for her, too.” Wisconsin wins 20againFor the ninth straight year under Waite, Wisconsin has won20 matches in a season with its win over Northwestern Saturday night.“Our goals are to play great every time,” Waite said. “It’snot always the wins because if we play great, the wins will come. And that’swhat we have to do is get the passion for the players on the court, having agreat time, playing high quality ball, and they’re going to get their wins.”During Waite’s nine-year career at Wisconsin, he has acareer record off 224-63. The fewest number of wins one of his Badger teams haswon in a season was 22, which has happened twice (2003 and 2004). Thehigh-water mark for wins under Waite is 34, which occurred during the 2000season when his team won the Big Ten title and reached the NCAA championshipmatch. JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoAfter being upset by Michigan State Friday night, theUniversity of Wisconsin volleyball team dropped four spots to No. 11 in thelatest rankings and is now two games behind Big Ten conference leader PennState.“On Friday, it kind of took me by surprise a little bit,”head coach Pete Waite said during his Monday press conference. “Michigan Stateis a very good team, and I had said that they’re really a hot team and theyplayed maybe the best they have all season, but we were a little off. They wereout of sync for some reason.”While Waite gave credit to Michigan State’s defense forholding Wisconsin to .222 hitting percentage in the match, he cited some of hisplayers being banged up as a reason for the poor showing Friday night.“I think part of that is we’ve been a little banged up,”Waite said. “Practices during the week haven’t been able to be as highintensity all the time as we’d like because you’ve got to be careful to keeppeople on the floor. That might have had a little bit to do with it, and that’sjust kind of my decision as far as how much you can push at any given point.”While Wisconsin was able to bounce back with a win overNorthwestern Saturday night, the squad still didn’t play up to its fullpotential, including senior setter Jackie Simpson who was benched in the middleof the second game. “I thought in general, the team was a little bit flustered,”Waite said. “[Simpson] was getting a little flustered and frustrated trying tocreate things and force things a little too much.”However, Waite credited Simpson’s time on the bench asreason for her improvement over the final three games of the match“Sometimes when you take a player out, they sit on the benchand they actually see what their coaches and the fans see,” Waite said. “Ithink Jackie got back in there and did a better job.”Now after a not-so-stellar weekend for the Badgers, Waite isexpecting his team to come out this week and play at its normal high level.“It was a bit of surprise,” Waite said of his team’s playover the weekend. “That’s not typical of our team, and I think they’re going tobe real motivated this week to correct things.”last_img read more