Liverpool latest: Chairman wants Champions League football, Ayre reiterates Suarez stance

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The key news stories and transfer rumours about Liverpool from the past 24 hours.

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has vowed that the club will give striker Luis Suarez Champions League football. Suarez was keen to leave the club over the summer with playing in the Champions League high on his agenda.

“We would be a stronger club with him - That does not mean I don’t respect his intense desire to play in the Champions League. But it would be a very happy day next May if and when we get to the Champions League - and he is part of it,” Werner said as per the Daily Post.

Werner has also praised the role that Brendan Rodgers played in keeping Suarez at the club beyond the summer. Rodgers refused to listen to bids from Arsenal for the forward, repeatedly telling the Gunners they were wasting their time.

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Reports also suggest that Liverpool are in no rush to start talks with Suarez over a new contract. Managing Director Ian Ayre has reiterated comments he made recently that the club will look at opening talks with the striker next year.

“We deal with every player in the same way. We renew all our contracts with two years to run pretty much. As I've said before - when the appropriate time comes, just like everybody else, we won't treat Luis any differently,” said Ayre.

In transfer news, former Napoli striker Roberto Sosa has backed the club’s apparent pursuit of Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel. The Slovakian continues to be linked with a move away from Anfield despite being a key figure in the first team, with no desire from him or the club to leave.

Skrtel has had something to say himself, not on his future but in relation to goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. Skrtel has praised the start the Belgian has made since joining the club over the summer.

“He's done brilliantly. He had a great start when he saved a penalty against Stoke and I think that's really helped him,” he told the Liverpool website.

Another Liverpool player being widely praised is central defender Mamadou Sakho. Sakho had a shaky debut in Liverpool colours but has since shown some of his best form as Brendan Rodgers has reverted to a system using three centre backs in the heart of defence.

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The agent of Lyon midfield star Maxime Gonalons has revealed Liverpool missed the chance to sign him during Rafael Benitez’s reign at Anfield. He has confirmed that Benitez actively scouted the player when he was the Liverpool boss.

In other news, Liverpool appear ninth on the list of Premier League sides that keep possession most on average. Arsenal, Everton, Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City all keep the ball more effectively.

In a more random story, Liverpool defender Daniel Agger gave away some training gear to a fan after flooring him during training with the Danish national side. Agger hit the fan with a football, which prompted him to offer the youngster his training top.

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