‘Luis Suarez is happy and he won’t leave’. That’s that message that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has given ahead of this weekend’s rounds of matches in the Premier League.
Uruguay international striker Suarez has been in scintillating form this season and recently picked up the PFA Player of the Year gong. 30 goals and 12 assists in 31 Premier League appearances have made the 27-year-old the star of Liverpool’s quest to win the league title.
Suarez’s performances have also attracted attention from Europe’s elite clubs, including Real Madrid. The Spanish giants will reportedly make an offer of £70 million for the former Ajax man in the summer.
Not many players can say ‘no’ to the nine-time European champions, who have reached the final of the competition this season. However, Suarez himself insisted that he is “very happy” in Liverpool earlier this week, and now Rodgers reiterates that he is sure that the forward will not leave Anfield in the summer.
‘Luis Suarez has been outstanding in all my time here and obviously, in particular, this season’, Sky Sports quotes him as saying. ‘So it was very well deserved and I know he really respected it, coming from the players in this country.
‘I know he's happy. To know that he's happy is important, like it is with all of our players. It's very important that we have players here that are content, happy and focused on Liverpool’.
With Liverpool to feature in the Champions League next season, Rodgers knows that he will need to add depth to his squad. Heading into the final days of the 2013-14 campaign, Chelsea and Manchester City are Liverpool’s only two title rivals, but next season Manchester United, Arsenal and perhaps even Tottenham Hotspur will come to the fore.
The 41-year-old Northern Irishman has confirmed that he will make summer signings.
‘For us, going forward, a sense of the future, we know we have to strengthen our squad’, said Rodgers. ‘We are in the Champions League next year, which will be great. But we want to be in every competition and challenging on all fronts - that clearly means that we have to strengthen the depth of our squad’.