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Suarez will not leave insists Rodgers

ESPN staff
March 1, 2013
The possibility of no European football could see Luis Suarez leave Anfield © Getty Images

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Luis Suarez will stay at the club even if they fail to qualify for Europe next season.

Rodgers held talks with his star striker's agent Pere Guardiola - the brother of soon-to-be Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola - and said he did not think Suarez would be looking for a move away from Anfield in the summer.

The 26-year-old Uruguay international has been linked with clubs including Manchester City and Bayern despite signing a long-term Liverpool contract in the summer.

He has scored 25 goals this season but, with Liverpool out of the Europa League and currently eighth in the Premier League - ten points off fourth place - faces the possibility of no European football next season.

But Rodgers said he felt Suarez would remain at Anfield even if that turned out to be the case, adding: "At this stage I believe so.

"There is no getting away from it, Luis has been brilliant this year - but I haven't seen anything different that would make me feel he wouldn't be here.

"I had a great conversation with his agent a couple of weeks ago. He came in and rolled it out that Luis was so happy here and was keen over the next couple of years for the club to progress.

"Is he deserving of playing at that Champions League level? Of course he is, but I would be confident enough that he will be here because he is enjoying his football," he added.

"This is a club that he loves. He is enjoying working this way. If we can keep supporting him and getting the team moving forward, then he seems happy and content. Hopefully we continue to keep a great player like that."

The Liverpool boss revealed Guardiola had told him Suarez was enjoying Liverpool's "style and the way of working", and said: "I want to push into that top six if we possibly can.

"I think we can do that, reach fifth and go on a run which would be great. That is not thinking this club should not be higher - it is just a realistic aim for where we are at this season.

"A lot of things are coming together for us that should help us kick on next season."

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