LUIS Suarez, the Liverpool striker, has revealed his desire to win a trophy and secure a top four Premier League spot when the Uruguayan returns to football following the high-profile nature surrounding his ban for racism.
Suarez is currently serving an eight-game suspension after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United defender Evra and will miss tonight's League Cup semi-final with Manchester City.
However, the Uruguayan, who will return to the side in February at the earliest, believes Kenny Dalglish's outfit have the credentials to win silverware – their first since the FA Cup in 2006 – while insisting that Steven Gerrard's return to the side will only help their cause.
“I want to win a trophy for Liverpool,” Suarez told Goal.com. “When I? came here the team hadn’t been doing so well but we are a much better squad ?now and we are capable of winning a trophy and getting back into the Champions? League.
"Last year I was lucky enough to win the Copa America with my country, something which I never thought I would do and we made history. Now I want? to win something with Liverpool.
"When I’m back in the side that is the aim and? would be the perfect 2012 for me.”
Liverpool have been heavily criticised for their strong backing of Suarez and their handling of the whole racism affair, which included players wearing T-shirts in support of their team-mate while warming up before their clash at Wigan.
And Suarez, who joined from Ajax 12 months ago, admitted that he intends to carry on playing for a team he has supported since his youth.
He said: “I was so excited to sign for Liverpool, it was a dream come true and I hope for ?a long career with them. I grew up watching them and they are a club with such a big ?history, especially in the Champions League, and fantastic players.”
The return of Gerrard from two-month on the sidelines following an ankle infection has also helped to underline Liverpool's bid for a resurgent second-half of the season.
“Steven is a great player, I didn’t realise how good until I came here," Suarez added.
"He trains? how he plays and is a fantastic player and servant for this club. Having him back ?will help the team.”