Liverpool latest: Suarez on Champions League aim, ex-Red announces retirement

A round up of the latest news and transfer stories about Liverpool from the past 24 hours.

Liverpool star Luis Suarez has revealed he thinks the club can secure Champions League football. Suarez says the side are already playing at a level worthy of top four status.

“Now we are playing very well and we have the level to play in the Champions League. We have really good players and if we continue at this level, we can do it,” he told the Liverpool website.

Suarez has also revealed that his absence from the team last year changed him. Suarez was banned for ten games after biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic last season.

“You work hard for the supporters and the people. It's important because the last few months were a little difficult for me. Now I've changed and it's okay,” he added.

Former Reds star John Aldridge believes that if Suarez is going to accomplish his Champions League dream with Liverpool, then his relationship with Daniel Sturridge is going to be key. Aldridge says the club should pull it off if the pair of them manage to stay fit.

In transfer news, Serie A club Napoli are reportedly lining up a move to sign Liverpool target Jorginho. The Hellas Verona star could be on the move this month after his agent admitted that a deal is possible if any side comes in with a good offer for the 22-year-old.

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The Metro has reported that Marseille midfielder Mathieu Valbuena is keen on a summer move to the Premier League. The report claims that Liverpool have been interested in the Frenchman for some time.

“A departure? To discover something else next season could be interesting. My goal is to make a great second half of the season in the club and make a great World Cup,” he told French TV.

The agent of St Etienne star Kurt Zouma says no concrete move for the 19-year-old is imminent. Liverpool are thought to be one of the Premier League sides interested in him but Alexandre Bonnefond has confirmed clubs in France and Italy are also interested in the teenager.

In other news, club captain Steven Gerrard has pushed Raheem Sterling’s claims for a place in the England World Cup squad this summer. With Arsenal’s Theo Walcott injured, there is a chance for a player to step in and fill the void.

“Raheem's in top form at a fantastic time. I'm obviously disappointed for Theo with his injury, but I'm sure Roy Hodgson is looking out for who is going to replace him and Raheem's performances of late have been sensational,” said Gerrard.

Former Liverpool favourite Luis Garcia has announced his retirement from the game. Garcia will always be known at Liverpool for his goal in the 2005 Champions League semi-final against Chelsea, which ultimately allowed the Reds to go on and win the competition.

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