Reds feel their prize asset should be valued at the same as new PSG signing Cavani.
Liverpool could now ask for £55 million for their in-demand front man Luis Suarez as Arsenal prepare a second bid for the mercurial Uruguayan, reports theDaily Telegraph.
The 26-year-old has already made it clear that he wants to quit the Reds this summer in order to play for a team competing in the Uefa Champions League next season, although it was initially thought that would be Spanish giants Real Madrid.
However, so far only Arsenal have actually made an offer for the forward, although the north London club’s bid of £30m fell well short of the Merseysiders’ own valuation of their star man, which many believed was set at the £40m mark.
But speaking on the Reds’ pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia, Liverpool head coach Brendan Rodgers signalled the club’s intention to play hard ball in any negotiations over Suarez this summer, insisting that if the attacker’s Uruguay team-mate Edinson Cavani could be sold to Paris Saint-Germain for £55m, then so too could his own man.
“When you consider Edinson Cavani has gone for £55m, Luis is up there in that bracket of top talent,” said Rodgers.
“Arsenal’s was an offer we didn’t deem worthy of the talent.
“There’s no guarantee Luis would be sold even for that because we are trying to build something – we don’t have to sell.
“We’re prepared to spend and get people in without having to sell him.
“The reality is we have had one offer.
“So there can be as much speculation as you like, there’s been nothing beyond that.”
And that means that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger may now have to substantially increase his second intended bid of £40m for a player who has has registered an eye-catching 51 goals and 24 assists in just 96 matches for Liverpool since arriving at Anfield from Eredivisie outfit Ajax in January 2011.