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Suarez to stay put

KENNY DALGLISH knows the prospect of Luis Suárez staying at Liverpool may not go down well with the rest of the Premier League, but he is delighted that the Uruguayan wants to remain in England.

The controversy surrounding Suarez following the Patrice Evra racism affair has soured his reputation, yet Dalglish has never wavered in his support. That backing looks to have ensured the striker will not look to flee in the summer, despite interest from Paris St Germain and elsewhere.

"It might be bad news for other Premier League teams, but it is encouraging for us," Dalglish said. "Luis has always said he is happy here, so it's great for everyone who supports Liverpool. He says he wants to stay. I don't think he has been anything other than a threat to the opposition. We aren't going to analyse every game he has played in, but he's always been a threat.

"Luis has made a contribution every time he has stepped out on to the football pitch. He scores goals and creates goals."

Dalglish's assertion that a top-four finish remains Liverpool's "target" with 10 games left, starting at QPR tonight, is unlikely to change the fact they will not be able to offer Champions League football given they are 10 points behind a resurgent Arsenal.

Irish Independent