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Suarez confirms stay at Anfield as Gerrard seeks improvement

LUIS SUAREZ celebrated his semi-final goal by confirming he will be staying at Liverpool next season.

Concerns about the striker's future were raised after his suspension following the Patrice Evra affair, especially as cash-rich Paris St Germain made their interest known.

Suárez's contract negotiations are continuing with the club and he was emphatic when asked about his future.

"Yes, yes I will continue at Liverpool," he said. "It is obvious I will continue. I have four years left on my contract and I am very happy and content to be here, and I hope good things continue."

Asked about the fallout from his eight-match ban, Suárez said: "I am over that. Obviously, the important thing was the support from all the people and there is no need to talk about that as it is already in the past.

"Obviously, one has to be used to all this. A lot of things happen in football. It's difficult and it's complicated but you have to deal with it."

Suárez's family were at Wembley to see his equalising goal against Everton.

"My joy was for my wife and my daughter and my sister and niece who came from Uruguay and my father-in-law who came from Barcelona," Suárez said.


"They made a huge effort to be here so my joy was for all the sacrifices they make for me, not to mention of course the sacrifices by all the people from Liverpool and all the support they've given us."

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard said he believed complacency after the last Wembley success in the Carling Cup was responsible for the team's Premier League slump.

He expects a change in attitude as the Anfield club turn their attention to collecting more points.

"The proof is out there about where this team is," he said. "We've proved we're a very good cup team. But there's still a very big challenge for us in the league. The league position isn't good enough.

"I believe we've got the players in this squad to be able to improve things next year. I think we're in a false position in the league. I think we're better than where we are.


"As players need to take responsibility for the league position. We won the Carling Cup and we should have gone on and moved up the league and put up a real fight to get in that top four - and it never happened.

"As a squad, we need to address that at the end of the season. But if we go on and win this cup, I think we can look at this season as a success as far as the cups are concerned.

"Everyone knows what we will have to address and that's the league form. We need more consistency. We need to be winning games against your Wigans and your Stokes. We're better than those teams and we haven't shown that this year.

"When we play those teams, it's about getting the three points. In certain matches we've created tonnes and tonnes of chances and we haven't finished them off. That's why we are where we are in the league. We need to be mentally stronger in the league."