Rodgers dismisses transfer speculation
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has insisted that Luis Suarez will stay at the club, even if they don’t qualify for Europe this season.
The Reds are in danger of missing out on European football next season and must finish fifth to guarantee a spot in the Europa League.
Rodgers has said that the striker’s agent has told him that Suarez is happy at the club and will not demand to leave if they fall sort of fifth place.
“There’s 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,” the Reds boss told Mirror Football.
“I had a great conversation with his agent a couple of weeks ago. He came in and rolled it out that he was so happy here and he was keen over the next couple of years for the club to progress.
“I’ve made him sort of my architect within the group. Him and I communicate a lot so I get a feeling. It’s not like I don’t talk to him.
“Is he deserving of 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’s playing well, he’s doing really well. Hopefully we continue to keep a great player like that.”
Rodgers has been delighted with the Uruguayan international’s form this season, and is pleased that 25-goal Suarez is as committed to Liverpool as he was last season, and is staying on Merseyside.
“Luis has been phenomenal, and that’s not just the opinion of his manager,” he added.
“His desire is to see Liverpool progress and that’s why he signed [a new deal] last summer. I don’t feel, or see, anything different that would change my mind.
“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.”
Suarez joined Liverpool from Dutch giants Ajax in January 2011 for a fee of £22.8million.
He impressed immediately at Anfield, and a superb display in a win over Manchester United earned him the love of the Kop quickly.
The 26-year-old scored 17 times last season, and has already smashed that by eight this time around, despite Liverpool’s relatively poor campaign in the league.
Suarez has been repeatedly linked with German giants Bayern Munich recently, according to the Daily Mirror, but Rodgers’ comments seem to have put that rumour to bed.