Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has insisted he doesn’t feel his future depends on the club playing UEFA Champions League football next season. The Uruguay international has been a key reason behind the Anfield outfit putting themselves in with a genuine chance of winning this season’s title, or at least finishing inside the top-four, with Suarez racking up 24 Premier League goals in a sensational season so far.
Despite publicly seeking a move away from the club last summer due to his desire to play Champions League football, Suarez recently signed a new long-term contract to keep him on Merseyside until 2017, ending speculation linking the striker with a summer move to Arsenal and Real Madrid. While a top-four finish and a return to the Champions League is Liverpool’s to lose, there had been some suggestions Suarez could still be tempted to leave Anfield if Brendan Rodgers’ men don’t hold onto their spot in the top-four.
Suarez has come out to calm any fears his future is dependant on Liverpool reaching next season’s Champions League.
“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,” said the striker.
“I’d actually prefer not to win this Golden Boot and for Liverpool to qualify for the Champions League this season. 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.”
Suarez, who has scored 31-goals in all competitions this season despite missing the first six games of the season, believes Liverpool manager Rodgers has been instrumental in Liverpool’s form this season and feels he can lead the club on their continued resurgence in the Premier League.
“He understands the atmosphere in which players thrive and talks to us on a regular basis about how he wants us to play. He always said his first year would be a building one and the second would be better, which it has been. I hope next season can be better still.”
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