Liverpool intend keeping Luis Suarez ‘for a while’

Club chairman Tom Werner has ‘great affection’ for striker who craves Champions League football

Luis Suarez of Liverpool in action against Damien Delaney (left) and Mile Jedinak of Crystal Palace. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Luis Suarez of Liverpool in action against Damien Delaney (left) and Mile Jedinak of Crystal Palace. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

 

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner intends to provide Luis Suarez with Champions League football at Anfield next season.

The Uruguayan was keen to leave the club over the summer, but he ultimately stayed put and has impressed since returning from the suspension which was carried over from last season for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.

“There was interest in him from other clubs throughout the summer but it was important for us to try to keep him,” Werner said. “He is one of the great players of the world and we felt that we would be a stronger club with him than without him.

“That does not mean I don’t respect his intense desire to play in the Champions League. But it would be a very happy day next May if and when we get to the Champions League by finishing in the top four and he is part of it.

“It is our intention to keep him for a while,” Werner told the Daily Mirror. “Our intention is to build a winning club and he is integral to that. The past is the past and I have great affection for him personally.”

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