Brendan Rodgers says Luis Suarez will stay at Liverpool even if they miss out on top four
Brendan Rodgers says talks with Luis Suárez’s agent have reaffirmed his belief the Uruguayan will remain at Liverpool regardless of whether or not they qualify to play in next season’s Champions League.
Rodgers says he is in regular contact with Suárez’s adviser Pere Guardiola, the brother of Bayern Munich manager-to-be Pep, and is confident Suárez will assist in the Anfield club’s rebuilding beyond the summer.
Liverpool are certain to be inundated with requests for their star player and his representative’s family ties require no stretch of the imagination to link him with a summer move to Germany.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has also declared his interest, but Rodgers is convinced Suárez will stay. “At this stage, I believe he will, yes,” he said. “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.
“He [Suárez’s agent] is a good guy. I was talking about the future and development and he was reciprocal in his conversation that he is loving it here. He has really enjoyed the season – the most productive since he has been here. He is enjoying the style and the way of working. His desire is to see Liverpool progress and that is why he signed last summer. I don’t feel or see anything different that would change my mind.
“I’ve made Luis sort of my architect within the group. Him and I communicate a lot so I get a feeling. 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 is playing really well and hopefully we’ll continue to keep a great player like that. He certainly deserves to be in the Champions League. This is a club that he loves. He seems happy and content.”
Liverpool hoped that by qualifying for the Champions League this year they would remove any doubts about Suárez’s future, but Rodgers acknowledged his team are realistically only pursuing a top-six finish in their final 11 games.
“There’s no doubt if you’re measuring the season off trophies then it has not been what we wanted,” he said. “It leaves us now with the league and I want to push into that top six if we can. That is not thinking this club should not be higher, it is just a realistic aim of where we are at. That should help us kick on next season.”