Premier League club Liverpool almost sold top striker Luis Suarez to Juventus in 2012 before the forward was eventually convinced to remain at Anfield, according to former Reds manager Brendan Rodgers.

The Northern Irishman, now manager of Celtic, coached Liverpool between 2012 and 2015, almost leading them to the Premier League title in 2013-14.

In an interview with The Coaches Voice, he said: “I think at Liverpool, you always feel you can hang on to your best players, because you have such an iconic club, an institution worldwide.”

“When I first went in there, Luis was destined for Juventus, and we were able to talk him round into staying, telling him that the team would be built around him and his qualities.

“Second season, we obviously had the Arsenal connection. Then he went on to have his best season and then that following season we couldn’t keep him.”

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