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Liverpool's Luis Suarez. Picture: REUTERS/Phil Noble

Liverpool's Luis Suarez. Picture: REUTERS/Phil Noble

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. Picture: REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. Picture: REUTERS/Paul Hackett

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Liverpool's Luis Suarez. Picture: REUTERS/Phil Noble

LIVERPOOL manager Brendan Rodgers fully expects striker Luis Suarez to be at the club next season.

When he arrived at Anfield last summer, one of Rodgers' most important tasks was keeping the Uruguayan at the club.

And Rodgers expects to succeed this year, just as he did last.

"Listen, every player has their price but there's certainly no pressure for the club to sell him. We're trying to build that bit of quality so he's not for sale," he explained.

"I don't have any doubts there will be interest in him this summer, because he's up there.

"There's a small percentage of players who are world class and he's in that bracket, so I don't think it will be too dissimilar to when I first came in last summer, with clubs making their interest known.

"People will want to take him, but I think we all recognise how integral he is. The owners have been absolutely unequivocal in their resolve in terms of wanting to keep him."

Future

Rodgers is keen to get his transfer business done and hopes selling striker Andy Carroll to West Ham will help kick-start his squad strengthening.

A £15m plus add-ons deal to make the England international's loan move to the Hammers permanent has been agreed for some time but it hinges on the player accepting his future lies away from Anfield.

Rodgers told Carroll at the start of the season his playing time would be limited, hence the loan spell at Upton Park, and his stance has not changed in the interim.

The Reds boss needs to raise funds to add to the £25m owners Fenway Sports Group are likely to provide as a transfer kitty, although the club would be taking a £20m hit on a player they bought in January 2011.

Major considerations for Carroll, who last night withdrew from the England squad with a foot injury, will be the implications of a pay cut at Upton Park offset by the opportunity to play regularly in the year leading up to a World Cup.

"I have enjoyed every minute of being here," Carroll said.

"I have worked hard to get myself back in the England squad, trying to play my best for West Ham, so I am really pleased about that.

"I have had a great season here at West Ham, really enjoyed being part of a great set of lads in the team, with the staff around us and the fans.

"Everyone has been so welcoming to me and I have been over the moon to be here. This is a great club."

Another exit Liverpool may have to prepare for is that of goalkeeper Jose Reina and they have made contingency plans, but Stoke's Asmir Begovic is not top of their replacements list.

The future of Spain international Reina has been the subject of debate for several months and it is understood his representatives have been in dialogue with Barcelona.

Although there has yet to be any contact made between the two clubs Liverpool have identified a number of goalkeeping alternatives.

However, despite reports in Bosnia claiming a deal has already been agreed for Begovic to move to Anfield should Reina leave, it is understood that is not the case.

Liverpool are considering the 25-year-old – who would command a significant fee from the Potters – as a viable option but he is not top of Rodgers' shortlist of candidates.

Any sale of Reina would generate upwards of £10m and would get a significant earner off the wage bill but the club are in no rush to do a deal.

The goalkeeper himself insists he is happy at Anfield despite continued speculation about his likely departure this summer.

"I have three more years with Liverpool. I'm satisfied, comfortable and my family are very happy," said the 30-year-old.


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