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Rodgers: We did all we could to keep Suarez

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says the club did all they could to keep Luis Suarez at the club but were unable to convince him not to join Barcelona.

The Premier League's player of the year will undergo a medical next week in Spain to put the finishing touches to a £75 million, five-year deal.

Despite losing a player that scored 31 goals last season, Rodgers is adamant that the club will continue to thrive.

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"The club have done all they can over a sustained period of time to try to keep Luis at Liverpool," said Rodgers. "It is with great reluctance and following lengthy discussions we have eventually agreed to his wishes to move to Spain for new experiences and challenges. We wish him and his young family well; we will always consider them to be friends.

"We are focused on the future, as we strive to continue with the progress we have made and build on last season's excellent Barclays Premier League campaign.

"I am confident we will improve the team further and will be stronger for this coming season, when we will be competing on all fronts; domestically and in the greatest club competition in the world, the Champions League.

"If there is one thing the history of this great club teaches us, it is that Liverpool FC is bigger than any individual. I hope our supporters continue to dream and believe that we are moving forward and with continued improvement and progression, together we will bring the success we all crave and deserve."

Rodgers also stressed that he believed he had contributed to Suarez's development since he became manager of Liverpool in the summer of 2012.

"Luis is a very special talent and I thank him for the role he has played in the team in the past two years, during my time at Liverpool," added Rodgers.

"I think he would be the first to accept he has improved as a player over that period, along with the team and has benefited from being here, as we have benefited from him."

Rodgers is in the process of rebuilding his squad this summer, having already completed deals for Rickie Lambert, Emre Can and Adam Lallana. The club are also reportedly closing in on deals for Divock Origi, Lazar Markovic and Dejan Lovren.

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