Luis Suarez urging Liverpool fans to keep calm

‘I think that if I don’t watch TV, listen to the radio or read about us on the internet it’s better’

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez is blocking out title talk for now. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez is blocking out title talk for now. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Thu, Apr 17, 2014, 15:27

Luis Suarez has told Liverpool fans to stay calm as the Premier League club attempts to overcome the pressure of the title run-in and clinch their first championship in 24 years.

The Uruguayan striker, whose 29 league goals have underpinned Liverpool’s challenge, admitted he cannot bring himself to follow the climax to the season through the media.

“It’s normal for the supporters to get excited and be discussing our chances,” Suarez told the club’s website (www.liverpoolfc.com) on Thursday. “When I’m out shopping or out with my family I bump into fans who mention it to me. I’ve told them to stay calm and not to worry. We’ll be trying our best.

“For the players, it’s probably best if we don’t get involved in that kind of talk. Personally, I think that if I don’t watch TV, listen to the radio or read about us on the internet it’s better. I know what the situation is.

“Winning the title would be very special but we can’t think about that yet.”

Suarez paid tribute to Brendan Rodgers, who will be favourite to take the manager of the year title if Liverpool - currently two points clear of second-placed Chelsea - can win their remaining four matches, starting at Norwich City on Sunday.

“It’s very important to see the manager relaxed,” Suarez said. “Brendan gives all of us confidence because he’s good at his job. He believes in all of the squad and when you have that belief from your boss then it’s easier to perform at your best.”

Suarez’s strike partner, Daniel Sturridge, is available for the trip to Carrow Road but is far from certain to make the starting line-up. The England international limped out of Liverpool’s 3-2 victory over Manchester City last weekend with a suspected hamstring injury, and the club confirmed on Wednesday that a scan had revealed a “small strain”.

Liverpool, meanwhile, have taken another significant step towards their stadium redevelopment by legally committing to the proposed €315 million regeneration of the Anfield area.

Liverpool Chairman Tom Werner has signed the heads of terms document that will lead to a formal contract being entered into by the club, Liverpool city council and Your Housing Group, the three parties involved in the proposed scheme for the overall area. The results of a recent consultation exercise on the project will be presented to the council’s cabinet next week when Liverpool’s plans for Anfield stadium – a rebuilt Main Stand followed by a new Anfield Road End – will be unveiled to local residents and supporters.

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