Boss battles to keep star


Brendan Rodgers admits he could face a battle to keep Luis Suarez and the rest of his star players at Liverpool this summer.

Rodgers has refused to rule out finishing in the top four this season but if the Reds do miss out on Champions League football it will be even harder to keep the likes of Suarez and Daniel Agger at Anfield.

However the Reds boss admits that speculation is part and parcel of the game and is confident that he will be able to fight off any bids to keep hold of his top men.

“Even clubs that have won the league are faced with having to keep hold of their players,” Rodgers revealed. “So there’s always going to be speculation about players here and we expect that to happen again.

“I am a realist. We’ve got some outstanding players here who other clubs will show interest in but I can only speak from my experience of working with the players here and I think they are all happy.

“Last summer was a pivotal time. A lot of players could have left and we did lose a lot of experience when Maxi Rodriguez and Craig Bellamy left.

“But the rest of them decided to stay and some even signed new deals. They all seem happy. They seem to want to be here as we move the club forward.”