Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Liverpool striker Luis Suárez vows to stay at Anfield no matter whether club qualifies for Champions League


Luis Suárez, Liverpool's talismanic striker, says he is 'very happy' at the club and wants to stay where he is 'enjoying football and life'

Luis Suárez - Liverpool striker Luis Suárez vows to stay at Anfield
Staying put: Luis Suárez, the Liverpool striker, will not leave Anfield even if the
 club fail to qualify for the Champions League
Luis Suárez has calmed fears he will quit Liverpool this summer if they fail to qualify for the Champions League, insisting his future “isn’t dependent” on that.
Despite appearing to commit to the club long-term in December by signing a new contract, it was said the deal included a £70 million buyout clause which activates if they finish outside the top four in the Premier League.
Suárez admitted he was desperate to play Champions League football and would even trade his place as leading scorer in England for a spot among Europe’s elite.
But the Uruguay striker said he had no plans to walk away from Anfield if title-chasing Liverpool collapsed in the final 10 games of the season.
“I’d actually prefer not to win this Golden Boot and for Liverpool to qualify for the Champions League this season,” said Suárez, speaking in an interview in the April edition of FourFourTwo magazine.
“Any player would miss the Champions League. We’ve not been good enough since I’ve been here to qualify, but this could definitely be our year.
“It would be a frustration not to get fourth because we’ve done everything possible and given our maximum to qualify.
“Everyone says Champions League nights at Anfield are amazing – memories you guard forever. It would be an unforgettable experience and it’s been too long since that happened. I think to finish in the top three, which is still possible, would be incredible with the players we have in the squad.”
Asked whether he would stay even if Liverpool failed to finish in the top four, Suárez said: “I think so. I signed my new contract because I’m very happy here and I want to stay where I’m enjoying football and life. Playing in the Champions League isn’t dependent on that.”
Suárez, who scored his 24th goal of the season at Southampton on Saturday, joined Liverpool in 2011 for £22.8m.
“This is my best season yet. I feel in a very good place, physically and mentally. Every day, I feel better in this club. I hope to continue down this path because we want Champions League football for Liverpool and, personally speaking, I want to continue that mentality throughout the World Cup with Uruguay.
“I’m 27, at my peak, and I feel very happy within the club because I’m part of the best football in the world - the Premier League. I’m enjoying every game I play and my family life here, which is very important. I like winning. I hate losing – I’ve done enough of that.
“I’m one of the best players in the world, so having the opportunity to win everything – and losing only occasionally – is what drives me. I’m ambitious. I want to win and won’t stop until I score one, two or more goals.”
Suárez tried to force through a £40,000,001 move to Arsenal last summer and he revealed the part captain Steven Gerrard played in convincing him to stay at Anfield.
“He didn’t talk about me, or through me, in the press, but in person,” said Suárez. “In those moments I forgot that he was ‘world football great’ Gerrard, a Liverpool legend, but as a humble person who spoke to me with all his heart for hours.
“He said I was the best forward he’d ever played with, which given the amazing strikers that he’s played with at Liverpool, was amazing for me to hear. I’ll never forget that.”
The Telegraph

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