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Gerrard unsure over Suarez’s Liverpool future

Reds captain says striker's decision depends on team's performance this season

Steven Gerrard expects in-demand striker Luis Suarez to stay at Liverpool in January, but admits that the summer could be a different story.

Uruguay striker Suarez was the subject of intense transfer speculation last summer, with Arsenal having a bid for the 26-year-old rejected.

The Gunners are expected to renew their interest in Suarez, who has scored eight goals in seven games so far this season, when the transfer window re-opens.

Suarez’s team-mate Gerrard says he expects the striker to stay in January, but whether he leaves in the summer depends on Liverpool’s progress this season.

Brendan Rodgers’ side are second in the Premier League table behind Arsenal, and face a tough trip to Merseyside rivals Everton on Saturday.

In an interview with ESPN , Gerrard said: “When you're playing at Luis' level, it's always normal you're going to get lots of attention. And all the big clubs are going to try and prise you away from Liverpool. I've experienced it myself.

“January will be different because I think Luis is content here. I think he’s pleased with the decision he’s made to stay around. He’s in good form. The team are playing well.

“So I think January won't be a problem, but I think come the summer depending on how Liverpool’s season has gone will depend on what goes through Luis’ mind.”

Gerrard also credited Rodgers with changing the club’s style of play, although he believes Liverpool are still some way from completing their transformation.

Gerrard added: “It’s a huge job at Liverpool -– it's a huge club –- and he came in with little experience, but I think he has done a wonderful job.

“Most important, he has changed the way we play, to pass the ball out of the back. He doesn’t have a Plan B. Unlike previous managers, Brendan wants perfection with Plan A.”

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